The Penal System: An Introduction
Praise for the First Edition:
`A marvelous British text-reference that comprehensively introduces the penal system in England and Wales, not only for students and practitioners, but for all who are increasingly concerned about the morality and the future of penal systems worldwide' - Reference and Research Book News
The Third Edition of this highly successful textbook provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the penal system of England and Wales. Now fully revised and updated it includes an examination of the direction of penal policy under New Labour.
-offers an overview of all aspects of punishment and the penal system
-provides an analyses of the theories which purport to justify and explain the practice of punishment
- critically examines the so-called 'penal crisis' and offers a programme for radical reform
-draws comparisons between the English
penal system and others from around the world.
-now includes a self-study guide, directing the reader to useful websites
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especially Chapter 9) - in line with one version of Strategy C - and an emphasis
on assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of penal measures (which
fits with the managerialism of Strategy B). Strategy A is also well represented in ...
penalties to use as altematives (the 'strategy of encouragement': see Chapter 5).
At the same time, an increasing number of prisoners were released before the
ends of their sentences (see Chapter 8). The discrediting of rehabilitation led to a
Mr Howard proclaimed that 'prison works' (see Chapter 2) and said of his
package of proposals: 'This may mean that more people will go to prison. I do not
flinch from that. We shall no longer judge the success of our system of justice by a
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the Crux of the Crisis
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