A remarkable account which goes to the heart of penal policy in England and Wales. Refreshing and insightful, this work will prove to be invaluable to practitioners, students, researchers and those wishing to understand 'the new democratic mood', its relationship to crime and punishment and where it is leading. Launched by Lord Ramsbotham - photos from the launch
'A masterly account of prison, drawing from his own wealth of experience and reflections, which provides a challenging read for the layman and prison practitioners alike': Terry Nowell, Internet Law Book Reviews.
'This is a book which will prove so very helpful to those students studying prisons at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The chapter on past tense, future imperfect is very engaging indeed': Sam Poyser, Canterbury Christcurch University.
'A lively and readable introduction to prison policy past, present and future. A personal perspective which will challenge and provoke': Dr. Nick Flynn, De Montfort University.
'What we particularly liked about "Fifty Year Stretch" is its construction as a well-informed short history of prisons policy following the 'prison works' objective which may well be re-assessed in the coming years... the question which remains to be answered is does prison work? Stephen Shaw's book certainly does!': Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers.
'A very useful, accessible and comprehensive text written by a leading authority on prisons': Helen Arnold, University campus Suffolk.
Stephen Shaw was the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales giving him an unusually close view of prisons, Criminal Justice and the preoccupations of prisoners and prison staff. He has also investigated and reported on all deaths in custody. He was also formerly Director of the UK's much-respected Prison Reform Trust (PRT). Foreword author Martin Narey is chief executive of Barnardos having previously worked as Director General of HM Prison Service, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and as a Permanent Secretary within the Home Office.