Penal System: An Introduction / Edition 4

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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.

The book:

-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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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A comprehensive introduction to the penal system in England and Wales. The authors 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. Chapters focus on topics such as justifying punishment, prison privatization, early release, young offenders, and bias in the criminal justice system. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Booknews
Cavadino and Dignan (both: law, U. of Sheffield, UK) provide an overview of the English penal system operative in England and Wales. Although they have tried to outline differing viewpoints and offer a comprehensive overview of the literature, they have not been shy about sharing their opinion that the English penal system is unjustly and irrationally harsh, and that it needs radical revision. Reflecting the belief that the penal system can't be studied apart from criminal justice as a whole, chapters look at justifying punishment, explaining punishment, court decisions, community penalties, prison privatization, early release, the treatment of young offenders, and bias in the criminal justice system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
British Journal of Sociology
"This book provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the factors that helped shape penal philosophies and approaches ot punishment across a variety of different countries." —Barbara Mason, London School of Economics and Political Science
From the Publisher
From its original publication onwards, The Penal System has proved itself a sure and authoritative guide to the post-war history and character of the penal system of England and Wales. Unrivalled as a textbook on the subject, its authors, now strengthened by the addition of George Mair, combine the analysis of trends with a clear sense of narrative and an eye for the telling detail. It is a masterly achievement, invaluable for students and teachers alike.
David Downes
Professor Emeritus of Social Policy, The Mannheim Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, London School of Economics

I have read successive editions of The Penal System since I was an undergraduate. It has been an indispensible companion on my journey through the criminal justice system. Today it continues to be a vital resource for critically examining and understanding the use of punishment in England and Wales.
Dr. Jamie Bennett
Research Associate, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

The Penal System, written by three heavyweights of penological study, is an excellent introductory text for anyone interested in this area. It is intelligently written and explains complex issues in an accessible and engaging way. I will definitely be recommending this to my Penology Students.
Dr. Karen Harrison
Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Hull

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412929462
  • Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)
  • Publication date: 10/17/2007
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Crisis? What Crisis?
Justifying Punishment
Explaining Punishment
Court Decisions: The Crux of the Crisis
Community Penalties and the Future of Punishment
Prisons and the Penal Crisis
Prison Privatization
Panacea or Pandora's Box?
Early Release: The Penal System's Safety Valve
Young Offenders: Systems Management or System Disaster?
Bias in the Criminal Justice System
Solving the Crisis?
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