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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Indeed, there is some research which indicates - quite contrary to what the theory
of individual deterrence suggests - that offenders who suffer more severe
penalties are more (not less) likely to re-offend (Brody, 1976: 14-16; West, 1982:
It is also hard to see in this theory any picture of real human beings (capitalist or
otherwise) operating with limited rationality and knowledge in a recognizably real
world. Or, to put it another way, the analysis lacks both a sense of humanism ...
... reducing the complex phenomenon of penality to questions of power and little
else, and postulating what looks suspiciously like an old- fashioned class
conspiracy theory to explain the advent and historical persistence of the prison (
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Crisis? What Crisis?
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