As part of the Sage Course Companion series, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of penology. It provides hints and tips on how to apply this information to maximum effect in coursework and examinations. This is a highly accessible text is for those new to prison studies, or for anyone looking for a refresher. It provides structure and background for all prison and punishment modules on undergraduate criminology/ criminal justice degrees. Written in a straightforward and clear style, the book gives detailed explanations for all academic terms used.

Part Two Core Areas of the Curriculum

Part Two Core Areas of the Curriculum
Part two Core areas of the curriculum

Core Areas:

  • running themes in penology
  • 2.1 justifications of punishment
  • 2.2 theorising about prisons and punishment
  • 2.3 sources of penal knowledge
  • 2.4 comparative penologies
  • 2.5 the history and aims of imprisonment
  • 2.6 penal policy
  • 2.7 penal administration and prisoner populations
  • 2.8 sociologies of prison life
  • 2.9 penal accountability
  • 2.10 probation and community penalties
  • 2.11 future directions and alternative visions
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