The Penal System
AUTHOR: Digan, James
PUBLISHER: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
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In this textbook, Michael Cavadino and James Dignan provide a clear and comprehensive introduction to the penal system in England and Wales. They examine all aspects of the penal process, including the sentencing decision, imprisonment, parole, community-based sentences, the treatment of young offenders and the issue of bias within the criminal justice system. They also outline the many theories which seek to justify and explain the practice of punishment and consider their value in helping us to understand the penal system.
While presenting a stimulating critical analysis of the current crisis the authors argue that the penal system not only suffers from severe practical problems but is morally indefensible, and they go on to outline the radical reforms that are urgently needed. Throughout the book comparisons are drawn with other penal systems from around the world.
Written in a lively and accessible style, The Penal System: An Introduction will be compulsive reading for all undergraduates and postgraduates in criminology, criminal law, social policy and social work but will also appeal to penal practitioners and all those concerned with the increasingly urgent debate about punishment and the future of the penal system.
PUBLICATION DATE: 9/16/1992
CATEGORY: Social Science