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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Source: Home Office, 1993b: 37 Overcrowding In 1994, the 'daily average prison
population' was 48,794, whereas English prisons officially had room for a total of
48,291 inmates,5 making the system as a whole overcrowded by a factor of 1 ...
Prison overcrowding is predominantly a post-war phenomenon and follows a
sustained period of surplus capacity between 1908 and 1938, during which
period the average daily prison population was halved from 22,000 to 1 1,000
and some ...
from the worst effects of overcrowding, with the result that the problem is almost
exclusively associated with local prisons and remand centres. During the period
1946 to 1986, the prison population approximately trebled, while the CNA barely
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