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.

Future Directions and Alternative Visions

Future Directions and Alternative Visions

Future directions and alternative visions

Core Areas:

  • penal expansionism and ‘prison works
  • penal standstill
  • penal reductionism
  • penal abolitionism
  • thinking critically about penal legitimacy
  • radical alternatives

Running Themes

  • Alternatives to prison
  • Human rights
  • Legitimacy
  • Pains of imprisonment
  • Power to punish
  • Social divisions
  • Social justice

Key penologists

Charles Murray (born 1943) Currently associated with the American Enterprise Institute, Charles Murray was born and raised in Newton, Iowa. He obtained a degree in history from Harvard and a PhD from the ...

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