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The Penal System: An Introduction
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The Penal System: An Introduction

by Mick Cavadino, James Dignan, George Mair
 

ISBN-10: 1446207250

ISBN-13: 9781446207253

Pub. Date: 05/17/2013

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781446207253
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/17/2013
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the fourth Edition     viii
Introduction     1
The Criminal Justice System     1
Strategies for Criminal Justice and the Penal Crisis     6
A Note on Terminology: 'System'     8
Crisis? What Crisis?     10
Is There a Crisis?     11
The Orthodox Account of the Crisis     12
Improving on the Orthodox Account     22
Responses to the Crisis     26
A Radical Pluralist Account of the Crisis     30
Justifying Punishment     35
Is Punishment Unjust?     36
Reductivism     37
Retributivism     44
Other Justifications     46
Schools of Penal Thought     50
Philosophies, Strategies and Attitudes     57
Conclusions: Punishment and Human Rights     58
Explaining Punishment     66
The Sociology of Punishment     67
The Marxist Tradition     67
The Durkheimian Tradition     76
The Weberian Tradition     79
Pluralism and Radical Pluralism     81
Applying Penal Sociology     84
Court Decisions: The Crux of the Crisis     91
The 'System'     92
The Remand Decision     93
The Mode of Trial Decision     97
The Sentencing Decision     101
A Brief, Tangled Recent History of Sentencing     112
Administering Punishment in the Community     131
Community Punishment in a Rapidly Changing Penal Landscape     132
Non-custodial Punishment and the Current Sentencing Framework     134
The Changing Modalities of Non-Custodial Punishment     139
Community Punishment: Strategic Issues     159
The Carter Reforms and their Implications for the Prabation Service     165
Shifting Patterns of Penality: Theoretical Reflections     168
Conclusion: The Future of Punishment?     178
Prisons and the Penal Crisis     191
Overview     192
The Aims and Functions of Imprisonment     193
Anatomy of the Prison System     196
Key Phases in Recent Prison Policy-Making     199
The Prison System and Its Crises     203
Prison Privatization: Panacea or Pandora's Box?     250
Meaning and Forms of Prison Privatization     251
The History of Prison Privatization in England     253
Claims and Critique: The Theoretical Debate     258
Panacea or Pandora's Box? Prison Privatization and the Penal Crisis     261
Early Release: the Penal System's Safety Valve     285
Early Release: Useful, Controversial, Troublesome     286
From Remission (The Original Safety Valve) to Automatic Early Release     288
Parole 1967-1991; From Principle to Pragmatism (and Bifurcation)     289
Early Release 1991-2003: Reform and the Threat of Near-Abolition (lifted by New Labour)     292
Early Release Today     296
Conclusion: Early Release Evaluated     304
Young Offenders: Systems Management or System Disaster?     311
Children in Trouble or Troubled Children?     312
Young People, Crime and the Penal Crisis     312
Responding to Youth Crime: Models of Youth Justice     314
New Labour: 'New Youth Justice'     321
New Youth Justice: New Institutions     323
Putting 'Prevention' Into Practice: Extending the Net of Social Control     326
Responding to Youth Crime: The Youth Justice System in Operation     329
Concluding Assessment: No More Excuses?     335
Bias in the Criminal Justice System     343
Intraductory     344
Class     345
Race     349
Gender      355
Solving the Crisis?     370
A Grim Fairy Tale     371
Responses to the Crisis, 1970-2006     371
How to Solve the Crisis     381
A Self-study Guide to Electronic Sources Available on the Internet     393
Glossary of Key Terms     399
References     414
Index     457

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