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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Sometimes extravagant claims are made for the incapacitatory effectiveness of
ordinary prison sentences, and it is argued that if prison sentences were longer
this could produce a substantial reduction in crime by means of incapacitation.
It is true that adolescents do appear to commit a disproportionate number of
crimes compared with their elders. In 1994, 43 per cent of people found guilty of
or cautioned for an indictable offence in England and Wales were under 21. For
Chapter 2, alleged reductive mechanisms such as deterrence, incapacitation,
denunciation and reform can at best only have very limited effects in reducing the
amount of crime. Perhaps some kinds of punishment or reformative treatment ...
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