The Penal System: An Introduction

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SAGE Publications, Feb 18, 1997 - Social Science - 352 pages
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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Justifying Punishment

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Michael Cavadino, who is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Central Lancashire, is an internationally known author and researcher in the fields of penology (the study of punishment) and mental health law. He is co-author of the leading textbook on the penal system of England and Wales (M Cavadino, J Dignan and G Mair, The Penal System: An Introduction, 5th ed., Sage Publications 2013). His other works include Mental Health Law in Context: Doctors' Orders? (Dartmouth, 1989) and M Cavadino and J Dignan, Penal Systems: A Comparative Approach (Sage Publications, 2006).

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