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 ...
In triable either way cases, magistrates have first to decide which venue would be
more appropriate for trial of the offence, in the light of representations made by
the prosecution and the defence. Among the factors which they are required to ...
supplemented by full-time professional magistrates known as stipendiaries, who
sit alone. Magistrates are responsible for handling around 95 per cent of the
criminal cases tried in the country, although a few offenders who are convicted in
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