How many people are imprisoned across the globe? What factors can help explain variations in the use of imprisonment in different countries? What ethical considerations should apply to the way imprisonment is used? Providing a comprehensive account of prison populations the world over, this international book links prison statistics from the past fifteen years with insights from four well-respected experts on how prisons and prison populations are managed and the implications of these management techniques moving forward. Together, the authors shed light on what is meant by an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment and how such an approach can be sustained in ever more challenging social, economic, and political environments.
Clear, concise, and featuring informative infographics, Imprisonment Worldwide is an engaging, critical contribution to current debates about prisons and the use and abuse of imprisonment. Not only an essential resource for scholars of criminology, law, political science, and public policy, it will also deepen the understanding of policy makers, prison professionals, activists, and the general public on this vital issue of modern society.
|Publisher:||Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Andrew Coyle, CMG, is professor emeritus of prison studies at the University of London and was founding director of the International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s College London. He is the author of A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management. Helen Fair is a research fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London, and was previously a research associate at the International Centre for Prison Studies at Kings College. Jessica Jacobson is codirector of ICPR and was formerly a senior research officer for the UK Home Office. She is coauthor of Inside Crown Court: Personal Experiences and Questions of Legitimacy, also published by Policy Press. Roy Walmsley established and is director of the World Prison Brief, a comprehensive online database of information on the prison systems of the world.
Table of Contents
Section I: Prisons and the use of imprisonment: numbers and trends;
Numbers of prisoners worldwide;
Composition of prison populations worldwide;
Prison population trends;
Section II: An ethical approach to the use of imprisonment;
What constitutes an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment?;
Features of an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment;
Challenges to an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment;
Section III: An alternative future;
Rethinking prisons and the use of imprisonment;