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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There is a curious ambivalence in what Durkheim (see Chapter 3) would have
called our 'collective sentiments' about young offenders. On the one hand, the
image of the 'young thug' is a perennial focus for fear, hatred and periodic 'moral
But little of this was serious crime, especially for offenders under 18, whose
commonest detected crime is shoplifting.1 The vast majority of really serious
crime is committed by adults. As the above figures suggest, offending by young
people is ...
publicly lobbied by a variety of interest groups (notably police organizations), a
process which had the effect of further fuelling public concern about the
supposed extent of juvenile crime and about persistent young offenders in
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