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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They do not show that punishment has no deterrent effect on offenders, or that no
offender is ever deterred. But they suggest that overall, punishment has other
effects which cancel out and even outweigh its deterrent effects.
The effect was, however, unfortunately somewhat spoilt by the fact that the
phrase was misspelt as 'just desserts' on each of its many appearances in the
White Paper. For example, 'three strikes and you're out'-style semi-mandatory
7 This problem was further compounded by an early Court of Appeal ruling,'°8 to
the effect that any custodial sentence that is imposed for the subsequent offence
should run consecutively to the activated sentence (rather than concurrently).
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the Crux of the Crisis
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