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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Other 'just deserts/law and order' hybrid approaches have been considerably
more punitive than this. (After all, the government at the time did hope that the '
just deserts' package would reduce the English prison population.) It is possible
fetters as possible be placed upon the authorities in the pursuit of criminals who,
when caught, should be dealt with in ways that are punitive and degrading' (
Rutherford, 1993: 11). In other words, this is a highly punitive credo embodying
For it is usually assumed that public opinion is irredeemably wedded to the
punitive attitude of 'law and order' and will not tolerate much of a shift in the
direction of leniency. But there is a great deal of evidence that the British public,
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Crisis? What Crisis?
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