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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The policy vacuum which was allowed to develop in this way was inadequately
filled by leaving it up to the courts to ... As a result, the discretionary powers of
sentencers remained largely unconstrained and out of control while the penal
The claim that all this could be achieved at substantially reduced costs simply by
encouraging greater private sector involvement in the delivery of penal policy
came increasingly to be seen by some1 as a 'quick- fix' solution to many of the ...
One theory has it that only a Conservative government could successfully
implement a radically liberalized penal policy (on the 'only Nixon could go to
China' principle), but the current government obviously has not the slightest
inclination to ...
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