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 reduction in overcrowding can be partly attributed to the prison building
programme which commenced in 1982 (see Chapter 5). But overcrowding
remains a serious problem, likely to worsen further in the immediate future if the
At best, the privatization process is a damaging distraction from the need to
embark on a programme of fundamental reform directed at the whole of the
prison system. At worst, its potentially destructive impact on both the prison
numbers crisis ...
Moreover, the approach could plausibly claim that (contrary to com- monsense
reasoning that a programme of reducing sanctions for young offenders would
encourage offending by weakening deterrence) it even succeeded in reducing
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