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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Many of the currently fashionable programmes attempt to improve the cognitive
and reasoning skills of offenders (for example, Ross et al., 1988), often by
confronting them with the consequences and social unacceptability of their
offending in ...
prepared for the court by probation officers (or by social workers in the case of
some young offenders). As the task of sentencing has increased in complexity in
recent years, the role of this report has become steadily more important. At one ...
act as a 'gate' along the route to court and custody, and it is made as difficult as
possible for young offenders to pass through it. If the panel does recommend
prosecution, the next stop is the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which has the
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