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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From the point of view of the resources crisis, this looks like a reasonably rational
response: because there are so many more 'run of the mill' than 'serious'
offenders, a bifurcated policy should save many more resources than it costs. In
The switch was intended to emphasize the government's desire that non-
custodial measures should be seen as demanding penalties in their own right,
and therefore appropriate for all but the most serious of offences. Efforts were
also made ...
LEVEL 3 CUSTODY Age Type of sentence 21+ Imprisonment 21+ Suspended
sentence of imprisonment 15-20 Detention in a young offender institution
CUSTODY THRESHOLD Offence is 'so serious' that only such a sentence can be
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