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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In the early 1980s, the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher injected a
heavy dose of what we call 'law and order ideology' (see Chapter 1 ) into penal
policy. This meant being deliberately harsher in punishing offenders (although as
For Hall, law and order ideology forms part of a pro-ruling-class response to a
wider crisis of social order whose roots lie partly in the problems of the British
economy and of Britain's declining role in the world.16 It has had the natural
result of ...
From 'Just Deserts' to 'Law and Order' It is often said that the agenda of the justice
model, although originally proposed by liberals and radicals who wished to
reduce the overall harshness of punishment, was 'co-opted' from the late 1970s ...
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