The Penal System: An Introduction
Now fully revised, this highly successful textbook provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the penal system in England and Wales.
Michael Cavadino and James Dignan examine all aspects of the penal process, including details of the recent dramatic developments which have made the punishment of offenders and the escalating `penal crisis' one of the most hotly debated issues of the day. They also outline the theories which purport to justify and explain the practice of punishment and consider their value in helping us understand the penal system.
The Second Edition presents a stimulating account of the current crisis. The authors argue that the penal system not only suffers from severe practical pr
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More specifically, Judge Tumim commented favourably on the light, spacious
cells and integral sanitation at Wolds, and praised Blakenhurst's clean and well-
maintained buildings. On the negative side, however, a number of serious design
These comments were made after Learmont had visited Blakenhurst, Doncaster
and the Wolds as part of his inquiry, and events at all three prisons since their
opening serve to reinforce that warning. The position at Doncaster has given rise
Thus, between April and October 1993 Blakenhurst had the highest rate of
assaults by prisoners on other inmates and staff at 26 per 100 of the population,
which was four times as many as in directly managed Brixton (Nathan, 1994a: 15
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