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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Further support for Carlen's thesis comes from a study of magistrates' sentencing
in Cambridge by Farrington and Morris. They found that women who were
divorced or separated or had a 'deviant family background' were more likely to
per cent of women serving prison sentences in 1991 but only 10 per cent of male
prisoners (Walmsley et al., 1992: 64). (Similarly, a much smaller proportion of
female than male prisoners have been found guilty of a violent offence.)26 This ...
If, as seems likely, courts have a general tendency to be relatively lenient with
female offenders, it could be a leniency bought by exploiting stereotyped notions
about women and their crimes, at the price of reinforcing these stereotypes.
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