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.

Penal Policy

Penal policy

Core Areas:

  • performance and privatisation
  • ‘making punishment work
  • cognitive behaviouralism and what works
  • decency, moral performance and human rights
  • resettlement and pathways out of crime

Running Themes

  • Human rights
  • Labour market
  • Legitimacy
  • Less eligibility
  • Managerialism
  • Rehabilitation
  • Risk

Performance and Privatisation

A ‘performance culture’ was first introduced into the Prison Service in England and Wales in 1984. From 1993 onwards, managerial buzzwords and performance monitoring through KPIs and targets, managerial standards and ...

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