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The Penal System

6th Edition

An Introduction

Michael Cavadino; James Dignan; George Mair; Jamie Bennett
eISBN-13: 9781526496805

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Now in its Sixth Edition, this book remains the most comprehensive and authoritative on the penal system, providing students with an incisive, critical account of the punitive, managerial and humanitarian approaches to criminal justice.


Fully updated to cover the most recent changes in the Criminal Justice System, the new edition: 

Outlines contemporary policy debates on sentencing, staffing, youth custody and overcrowding.
Explores growing inequalities in the criminal justice system including issues of race, religion, gender and sexuality, with new content on faith, and transgender prisoners.
Considers the impact of privatisation on the probation service.
Discusses the most recent debates around the parole process, including high-profile cases and attempts at reform.

The book is supported by online resources for lecturers and students, including chapter PowerPoints, sample syllabus, summaries of key legislative acts, bills and official reports, a list of recommended further reading for each chapter, and links to important Penal Agencies and Organisations, Law Reform Organisations, and other useful academic sites.


Essential reading for students of criminal justice and criminology, studying penology, punishments and the penal system.

ISBNs 9781526460691, 9781526460691, 9781526496805, 1526496801
Language English
Number of Pages 540
Edition 6th