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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Instead, the principal influence is the 'sentencing culture' of a particular bench,
into which new recruits are gradually socialized by watching their more
experienced colleagues at work. The ideology which gives substance to this
culture is ...
introduce some new mandatory and minimum sentences.) There are statutory
maximum penalties for particular offences, but many of these were devised so
long ago, and in such different circumstances, as to render them largely irrelevant
Particular concern was expressed at Group 4's recruitment in 1992 of a member
of the tender evaluation panel within the Home Office's Remands Contracts Unit
nine months after the contract to run Wolds Prison had been awarded to Group 4.
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