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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(The Strangeways riot was followed by Lord Justice Woolf s6 formidable report
into its causes, which will figure significantly in later chapters.) We introduce the
penal crisis in general terms in Chapter 1 . In Chapter 1 1 we provide a history of
underpins our analysis of how the crisis should be explained and how it could be
solved, while our investigation of the philosophy of punishment in Chapter 2
should contribute to an understanding of why the penal system suffers from its ...
Even the much-maligned unit fine was achieving many of its original aims, as we
shall see in Chapter 8. But these penological successes were to be undone by a
political backlash that wreaked much more damage to the strategy represented ...
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