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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For example, reasons now have to be given for granting bail in the case of
murder and other prescribed offences.14 Moreover, the presumption in favour of
bail no longer applies if a person charged with such an offence has a previous ...
Although Ashworth' s suggestion has been backed by a broad coalition of penal
reform groups (Penal Affairs Consortium, 1995h), and also in the past by the
Labour Party (1990), it has yet to find favour with the judiciary, and was explicitly
Many changes during this period represented a shift in the balance of power
between Home Office and Parole Board in favour of the former, which was of vital
importance if parole was to be used as an instrument of executive policy. Thus, in
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