Community Involvement in Crime Prevention and Judicial Process: The Experience of Saudi Arabia

Published 15/12/2010
Type Article
Author(s) Guoping Jiang, Christopher Paul Garris, Ahmed Bendania
Corresponding Authors Guoping Jiang, Department of General Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia

Although community justice, as a new trend, does not exist in Saudi Arabia in a strict western sense, local community does get involved in crime prevention and judicial process, such as community policing, community prosecution, and restorative justice sanctioning. These community involvements are based on Islamic religion, collective culture (such as tribalism) and social system (such as Sheikh and Umda system). Similar to community justice in western society, community involvement in crime prevention and judicial process in Saudi Arabia helps Saudi government to maintain social order and create a coherent and harmonious society.