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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Crisis? What. Crisis? October 1995 was a dramatic month for the English penal
system. It was already plagued with an all-time high prison population and a
record incidence of disturbances within prisons, and there had been
we now proceed to discuss, is the crucial interaction which we see as the key to
understanding the penal crisis and responses to it. A Radical Pluralist Account of
the Crisis Apart from the orthodox account, all the theories examined so far have
The penal crisis is sometimes described (for example, by Fitzgerald and Sim,
1982) as not one but several interlocking crises. We prefer to think of the penal
system as one highly complex system and the penal crisis as a single entity,
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