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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There are several factors involved in this increase in prison numbers in recent
years. In Chapter 4 we discuss the relationship between some of these factors,
and conclude that the most crucial is the pattern of decisions by the courts: not
In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase, amounting to a veritable
explosion, in both the number and proportion of defendants who are committed
for trial at the Crown Court in respect of triable either way offences. Between
Indeed, critics of the policy (Shichor, 1995: 158) argue that privatization is likely to
increase the expansionary pressures on penal policy greatly, because powerful
multinational firms will wish to maintain high levels of incarceration and are ...
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