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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This had the effect of limiting the range of sentences that were likely to be
appealed mainly to prison sentences in the upper reaches of the tariff and, as a
result, relatively little guidance was available on the use of non-custodial
The quality of prison régimes more generally is also liable to be adversely
affected by staffing problems either routinely, as a result of demands imposed by
security measures, or exceptionally, as a result of industrial action on the part of
As a result, the development of the parole system over the next two decades was
shaped much more by pragmatic considerations than by the ideological concerns
that had brought it into being. Many of the changes to parole during the period ...
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the Crux of the Crisis
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