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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When the alleged offender reaches the magistrates' court (and becomes a '
defendant'), the court may have to decide whether to grant the defendant bail (
conditional release prior to the actual trial) or whether the defendant should be ...
Secondly, a change in a defendant's domestic circumstances - eviction from
rented accommodation, dismissal from work, loss of family ties - could well have
an adverse effect on the choice of sentence following conviction. Other things
Among the factors which they are required to take into account in reaching a
decision are the seriousness of the offence, and whether their own powers of
punishment would be adequate if the defendant were to be convicted (section 19,
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