Offering a holistic and contemporary account of the penal system in England and Wales, this accessible new textbook considers the full breadth of the criminal justice system, going beyond prisons to cover other punishments...Show More
Offering a holistic and contemporary account of the penal system in England and Wales, this accessible new textbook considers the full breadth of the criminal justice system, going beyond prisons to cover other punishments such as out-of-court disposals and community penalties, as well as issues pertaining to rehabilitation and reintegration. Penal policy and practice sits within a fast changing world, with constant alterations to policy and resulting practice. Helping students to understanding this ever-changing environment, this book not only provides a strong foundation in penal theory but also has a strong focus on actual practice, drawing on a number of interviews with people who work within or for agencies associated with the penal system, as well as accounts of prison visits that help to build an accurate picture of current prison life. Packed with helpful pedagogical features throughout, including Spotlight profiles of the penal system in countries across the globe, the text also covers a range of specific offenders, examining not just white adult men but women offenders, children and young people and Black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.
For students in England and Wales studying Penology, Punishment and Prisons at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and on Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law or Social Science degree programmes, this textbook serves as the ideal guide to the topic.Show Less
- A broad-ranging introduction to the penal system in England and Wales that considers punishments such as out-of-court disposals and community penalties, in addition to prisons.
- Spotlight profiles outlining the key aspects of criminal justice systems in countries all around the world, enabling comparison. The countries covered include Scotland, Bangladesh, the USA, Finland, Venezuela and New Zealand.
- Extended profiles of eight prisons in England and Wales which cover each institution's particular approach to areas such as education and work, prison officer and prisoner relationships, visits, family and the current challenges facing them.
- Extensive pedagogical features including discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, listening and viewing, points for individual or group consideration involving, for instance, thinking about designing your own prison or what changes are needed to ensure that our penal system is just.
2. Punishment and the Foundations of Penal Theory
3. Rethinking Penal Theory
5. Out-of-Court Disposals and Fines
6. Community Penalties
7. Prisons and the Use of Imprisonment
8. The Prison Experience
9. Release, Recall and Reintegration
10. Dangerous Offenders
11. Children and Young People
12. Social Inequalities in Custody.
Karen Harrison presents a lucid and distinctive account of the major debates in penology. The book illustrates the diversity of disposals society imposes on those who offend. However, by drawing on best practice in the UK and elsewhere, readers are reminded that there are alternatives and that these may prove more effective and more humane. Students reading this work will come away informed and challenged. – Gavin Dingwall, De Montfort University, UK
This book is an important text for those studying punishment. Looking at penology beyond imprisonment alone, the content of this book appropriately deals with penal theory and practice within the wider context of the criminal justice system as a whole. A welcome contribution is the writer’s encouragement of readers to think and question for themselves throughout, providing a very useful source for educators and students. – Helen Nichols, University of Lincoln, UK
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