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.

Comparative Penologies

Comparative Penologies

Comparative penologies

Core Areas:

  • investigating prison populations: international and comparative
  • studies
  • the importance of comparative analysis
  • the analytical framework of comparative analysis
  • case studies
  • learning the lessons?

Running Themes

  • Human rights
  • Labour market
  • Less eligibility
  • Managerialism
  • Pains of imprisonment
  • Power to punish
  • Social divisions
Table 2.1 Prison populations in 20 countries
CountryPrison population total (No. in penal institutions, incl. pre-trial detainees)National populationPrison population (per 100,000 national ...
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