Prisons in Context

Paperback | May 1, 1987

EditorRoy D. King, Mike Maguire

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Prisons occupy a central position in the criminal justice system of all the developed nations. State controlled, and now increasingly privately run though state regulated, prisons are actually and symbolically the organs of state power which are used to punish deviant members of society. Muchis known about prisons, their administration, their effectiveness and their problems. Particularly since the crisis in British prisons began to become apparent during the late 1980s prisons haave become the focus of much attention from researchers, policy makers and government. More is known nowthan at any time in the past about how prisons work and how prisoners view their experiences of incarceration. However little attention has been given to comparing and contrasting prison systems in different countries. This collection does just that, bringing together leading prison scholars fromItaly, Australia, the US, and the UK to produce a set of essays which offer a broad view of recent developments in imprisonment theory and practice. The subject of privately run prisons feature in two of the essays while the crisis in prisons feature in two of the essays while the crisis in prisonsin several countries is viewed critically in two others. Other important topics examined are Russian prisons after Perestroika, human rights and prisons in Europe, as well as women in prisons and racial disproportion in US prisons. This is a high-quality collection of up-to-date essays which willbe required reading for anyone interested in prisons and the process of criminal justice. Contributors: Richard Sparks, Douglas C. McDonald, Massimo Pavarini, Roy D. King, Franklin E. Zimring, Gordon Hawkins, Michael Tonry, Ken Pease, Pat Carlen, Rod Morgan, Malcolm Evans, Mike Maguire

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Prisons occupy a central position in the criminal justice system of all the developed nations. State controlled, and now increasingly privately run though state regulated, prisons are actually and symbolically the organs of state power which are used to punish deviant members of society. Muchis known about prisons, their administratio...

Roy D. King is at University College of North Wales, Bangor. Mike Maguire is at University College of Wales, Cardiff.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:May 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258658

ISBN - 13:9780198258650

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'As a collection of reflective essays on prison matters it is as good as any other collection I have come across...One of this volume's many strengths, however, is its international focus, and the way in which what seem on the surface to be 'domestic' and immediate political issues in the UKcan be relocated in a much broader context.'