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Prisons & Punishment

This is the perfect primer for all undergraduate Criminology students studying modules on Prisons and Punishment. Not only does it cover all the key topics in Penology, but it also encourages students to think critically about these topics. The second edition: * Explores international and comparative examples * Includes new sections on new penology, new punitiveness, reductivism, proportionality, demographic issues, sentencing policy and principles, persistent offending, financial penalties, rehabilitation, victimology, capital punishment, mental health, drugs in prison and young offenders * Teaches students how to read and reference journal articles in their work * Provides students with helpful advice on employability The book includes a useful study skills section which guides students through essay-writing and offers hints and tips on how they can get the most out of their lecturers and seminars. A brand new companion website directs readers towards relevant journal articles and weblinks. This is the ideal textbook for all undergraduate students embarking on their studies in Prisons and Punishment. Dr David Scott, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University Dr Nick Flynn, Senior Lecturer in Applied Criminology, De Montfort University
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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

David Scott is senior lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University. David has published widely on prisons, punishment and critical criminology. Recent book titles include Critique and Dissent; Beyond Criminal Justice; The Caretakers of Punishment; and Why Prison? David is a former coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and is a member of the steering committee of the Reclaim Justice Network. He is also an associate editor of the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and is on the editorial board of Criminal Justice Matters. Nick Flynn is senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University. Nick has published widely on prisons, rehabilitation theory and practice, and environmental criminology. His most recent book title is Criminal Behaviour in Context: Space, Place and Desistance from Crime. Prior to teaching, Nick worked as a freelance researcher on criminal justice issues and as a campaigner for penal reform. He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Community Justice.


This is a welcome second edition to the previously titled Penology. With all chapters fully revised and updated, and the addition of extensive recommended readings, this book provides an informative, accessible and stimulating introduction for students on prisons and punishment courses. -- Alana Barton Penology is concerned with the study and evaluation of penal sanctions inflicted on wrongdoers. Contrary to the humble subtitle chosen by David Scott and Nick Flynn, their extremely useful book offers far more than the `essentials' on prisons and punishment. -- Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero The new edition of this popular undergraduate text will be widely welcomed. Clearly written and challenging, it addresses issues from the justifications for punishment to the ownership and operation of penal systems, especially prisons. It is an ideal introduction for those coming into the relatively new and contested discipline of criminology. -- Professor Mick Ryan

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