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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Its main function was to act as a filter to reduce the number of cases to be
considered by the Parole Board. The Parole Board is an independent body with
responsibility for making final recommendations on parole applications to the
worsening prison numbers crisis and the collapse of its original justification -
rehabilitation - rendered parole much more ... Many changes during this period
represented a shift in the balance of power between Home Office and Parole
Board in ...
This move has provoked fears for the independence of the Board from Home
Office control (Sampson, 1993). Another procedural change concerned the
criteria which the Parole Board are required to take into account when assessing
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