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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Reform Reform (or 'rehabilitation')7 is the idea that punishment can reduce the
incidence of crime by taking a form which will improve the individual offender's
character or behaviour and make him or her less likely to re-offend in future.
despite some evidence of success in coping with the disruptive behaviour of
some of the most intractable prisoners in the prison system (Boag, 1988, 1989;
Bottomley, 1990; Martin, 1991; Cooke, 1989), the Special Units themselves fell
These include 'whether the prisoner has shown by his attitude and behaviour in
custody that he is willing to address his offending behaviour . . . and has made
positive effort and progress in doing so'. Clearly such a criterion is both vague
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the Crux of the Crisis
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