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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This book is concerned with the penal system - the system that exists to punish
and otherwise deal with people who have (usually)1 been convicted of a criminal
offence. More precisely, we are centrally concerned with the 'English' penal ...
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,
Rutherford, A. (1988), "The English Penal Crisis: Paradox and Possibilities' [1988
], Current Legal Problems, 93-113. ... Ryan, M. and Ward, T. (1989a),
Privatization and the Penal System: the American Experience and the Debate in
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Crisis? What Crisis?
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