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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They do not show that punishment has no deterrent effect on offenders, or that no
offender is ever deterred. But they suggest that overall, punishment has other
effects which cancel out and even outweigh its deterrent effects. These anti- ...
2.4): 'Punishment can effectively denounce criminal behaviour and exact
retribution for it.' 27 The effect was, however, unfortunately somewhat spoilt by
the fact that the phrase was misspelt as 'just desserts' on each of its many
appearances in ...
It added that if a reduction in general sentencing levels were not achieved, and
the new scheme were shown to have an adverse effect on the prison population,
there would then need to be a 'root and branch review of sentencing law and ...
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