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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To a large extent the prison numbers crisis, and many of the problems that are
associated with it, are the unintended outcome of a series of uncoordinated
decisions taken, independently, by the various institutions that make up the
Instead, the evidence strongly suggested that the higher imprisonment rate in
England and Wales was brought about by the courts' decisions to commit a
greater number of people to prison, both on remand and also under sentence.
Woolf recommended that, as a matter of good practice, reasons should be given
to prisoners for any decisions that might adversely affect them to any material
extent. In doing so, he anticipated that this might forestall a number of complaints
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