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Prisons & Punishment
The Essentials

Second Edition
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May 2014 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Covering all the key topics across the subject of Penology, this book gives you the tools you need to delve deeper and critically examine issues relating to prisons and punishment.

The second edition:

  • explores prisons and punishment within national, international and comparative contexts, and draws upon contemporary case studies throughout to illustrate key themes and issues
  • includes new sections on actuarial justice, proportionality, sentencing principles, persistent offending, rehabilitation, and abolitionist approaches to punishment
  • features a companion website directing you towards relevant journal articles and web links. 

The book also includes a useful study skills section which guides you through essay writing and offers hints and tips on how you can get the most out of your lectures and seminars.

This is the perfect primer for all undergraduate students of Criminology taking modules on Prisons and Punishment or Penology.


 
PART ONE: PENOLOGY
 
Thinking Like a Penologist
 
Sources of Penal Knowledge
 
PART TWO: CORE AREAS OF THE CURRICULUM
 
Justifications of Punishment
 
Theorising about Prisons and Punishment
 
Comparative Penologies
 
A History of Imprisonment in the UK: until 1997
 
Penal Policy: until 2013
 
Penal Administration and Prisoner Populations
 
Sociologies of Prison Life
 
Penal Accountability
 
Probation and Community Penalties
 
Future Directions and Alternative Visions
 
PART THREE: STUDY, WRITING AND REVISION SKILLS
 
How to Get the Most out of Your Lectures and Seminars
 
Writing a Dissertation
 
Essay Writing Hints
 
Revision Hints
 
Exam Hints

Supplements

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Free resources on the companion website:

  • Links to free SAGE journal articles
  • Links to suggested website and blogs
  • Glossary flashcards 

The book is well written and engages with contemporary issues on prisons and punishment. The students found the book very useful as well. We will be using the same again this year/semester.

Ms Neena Samota
Social Science , Westminster University
January 7, 2015

Excellent text and additional resources for students

Dr Kathryn Chadwick
Department of Sociology, Manchester Metro Univ.
September 12, 2014

A useful handbook for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students to introduce them to the concepts of penology

Mr Ashley Tiffen
Institute of Policing and Criminal Justice Studies, University of Cumbria
August 14, 2014

The status adopted does not reflect the content of the text at all ! I felt this was an excellent text that would complement a particular aspect of the social work degree programme in the research and social policy year 3 module. I will be recommending this book to students who have an interest in the criminal justice aspect of social work practice.

Mrs Kay Wall
Social Work, North East Worcestershire College
August 3, 2014

Excellent introduction in sociological thinking on current criminological phenomena. Essential reading for criminology students!

Professor Kristel Beyens
Criminology Dept, Free Univ. of Brussels
July 13, 2014

This will complement the other material within the module well. It gives a more theoretical view on penology.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
July 10, 2014

An interesting book that puts prisons and punishment into perspective for students.

Mr William Graham
GSBS, Glasgow Caledonian University
May 29, 2014
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Key features

New to the Second Edition of Prisons & Punishment:

  • Sections on actuarial approaches, proportionality, sentencing policy and principles, persistent offending, rehabilitation, mental health, drugs in prison and young offenders
  • Annotated reading lists at the close of each chapter
  • A companion website with links to extra reading (including SAGE journal articles, weblinks, government reports, blogs) and lecturers' notes
  • A new chapter within Part 1 that covers 'sources of Penal knowledge'
  • Sections on actuarial approaches, proportionality, sentencing policy and principles, persistent offending, rehabilitation, mental health, drugs in prison and young offenders
  • Annotated reading lists at the close of each chapter
  • companion website with links to extra reading (including SAGE journal articles, weblinks, government reports, blogs) and lecturers' notes
  • A new chapter within Part 1 that covers 'sources of Penal knowledge'

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two: Theorising about Prisons and Punishment


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