Penal Systems: A Comparative Approach is a comprehensive and original introduction to the comparative study of punishment.

Analyzing twelve countries, authors Michael Cavadino and James Dignan offer an integrated and theoretically rigorous approach to comparative penology. They draw upon material provided by a team of eminent penologists to produce an important and highly readable contribution to scholarship in this area.

Early chapters introduce the reader to comparative penology, set out the theoretical framework and consider whether there is currently a ‘global penal crisis.’ Each country is then discussed in turn. Chapters on comparative youth justice and the privatization of prisons follow. Comparisons between countries are drawn within each chapter, giving the reader a synoptic and truly comparative vision of penality in different jurisdictions.

‘A Boot Stamping Upon a Human Face Forever’?

‘A boot stamping upon a human face forever’?

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Some Patterns, Some Lessons, Some Puzzles

We never thought that this book would be the last word on comparative penology. We do hope, however, that it is a useful contribution to a subject which is only just starting to develop. At the risk of stating what may be fairly obvious by now, certain patterns emerge from the stories we have been telling about punishment in the countries we have studied; we hope there are some lessons to be learnt; but we are inevitably left with some puzzles about why punishment has taken the turns it has in these countries – and indeed ...

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