Prisons in Context

Prisons in Context

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Prisons occupy a central position in the criminal justice system of all the developed nations. State controlled, and now increasingly privately run though state regulated, prisons are actually and symbolically the organs of state power which are used to punish deviant members of society. Much is known about prisons, their administration, their effectiveness and their problems. Particularly since the crisis in British prisons began to become apparent during the late 1980s prisons haave become the focus of much attention from researchers, policy makers and government. More is known now than at any time in the past about how prisons work and how prisoners view their experiences of incarceration. However little attention has been given to comparing and contrasting prison systems in different countries. This collection does just that, bringing together leading prison scholars from Italy, Australia, the US, and the UK to produce a set of essays which offer a broad view of recent developments in imprisonment theory and practice.
The subject of privately run prisons feature in two of the essays while the crisis in prisons feature in two of the essays while the crisis in prisons in several countries is viewed critically in two others. Other important topics examined are Russian prisons after Perestroika, human rights and prisons in Europe, as well as women in prisons and racial disproportion in US prisons. This is a high-quality collection of up-to-date essays which will be required reading for anyone interested in prisons and the process of criminal justice. Contributors: Richard Sparks, Douglas C. McDonald, Massimo Pavarini, Roy D. King, Franklin E. Zimring, Gordon Hawkins, Michael Tonry, Ken Pease, Pat Carlen, Rod Morgan, Malcolm Evans, Mike Maguire
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Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246.1 x 8.9mm | 312.98g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • line figures, tables
  • 0198258658
  • 9780198258650

Table of contents

Introduction (Roy D. King and Mike Maguire) 1. Can Prisons be Legitimate: Penal Politics, Privatisation, and the Timeliness of an Old Idea (Richard Sparks) 2. Public Imprisonment by Private Means: The Re-emergence of Private Prisons and Jails in the United Kingdom, and Australia (Douglas C. McDonald) 3. The New Penology and Politics in Crisis: The Italian Case (Massimo Pavarini) 4. Russian Prisons after Perestroika: End of the Gulag? (Roy D. King) 5. The Growth of Imprisonment in California (Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins) 6. Racial Disproportion in US Prisons (Michael Tonry) 7. Cross-national Imprisonment Rates: Limitations of Method and Possible Conclusions (Ken Pease) 8. Study Women's Imprisonment? Or Anyone Else's? An Indefinite Article (Pat Carlen) 9. Inspecting Prisons: The View from Strasbourg (Rod Morgan and Malcolm Evans).
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Review quote

'As a collection of reflective essays on prison matters it is as good as any other collection I have come across...One of this volume's many strengths, however, is its international focus, and the way in which what seem on the surface to be 'domestic' and immediate political issues in the UK can be relocated in a much broader context.' `There are a number of chapters in this book which AMBoV members should find both interesting and topical.'
AMBoV Quarterly A helpful range of introductory essays for Undergraduate students of Crime, criminology and institutional resonses. * Barry Goldson, University of Liverpool *
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