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 Administration and Prisoner Populations

Penal Administration and Prisoner Populations

Penal administration and prisoner populations

Core Areas:

  • the structure of the penal administration in England and Wales
  • the penal estate
  • current prison populations
  • locking up the dangerous or punishing the poor?
  • prisons in Northern Ireland and Scotland

Running Themes

  • Human rights
  • Legitimacy
  • Less eligibility
  • Managerialism
  • Pains of imprisonment
  • Power to punish
  • Public protection
  • Social divisions

The Structure of the Penal Administration in England and Wales

On 9 May 2007, responsibility for prisons, probation and sentencing was moved from the Home Office ...

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