Understanding Prisons: Key Issues in Policy and Practice (Paperback)Andrew Coyle (author)
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David Garland, NYU, author of The Culture of Control
"Andrew Coyle has drawn on his lifelong experience of governing prisons inScotland and England and, as the former Director of the International Centrefor Prison Studies, Kings College, London, studying prisons worldwide. Hehas written a comprehensive account of the use of imprisonment and thecharacter of prisons. He persuasively argues that our continued, extensiveuse of imprisonment cannot simply be explained or justified by the incidenceof crime and could otherwise. His book merits close attention."
Rod Morgan, Chairman, Youth Justice Board
There are over nine million men, women and children in prison around the world, and the number of people in prison in England and Wales has increased significantly in recent years. Yet in many respects prison remains the last secretive public institution in our society. Understanding Prisons provides a unique, in-depth examination of prisons - how they function, what they achieve, and their historical and political context. The book:Describes how prisons developed into their present form Looks at who is sent to prison and what happens to them while they are thereExplains how the prison system and staff in England and Wales are organisedExamines how order and control is maintained and how high security prisons operateLooks at prisoners' families and the wider communityOffers a future vision of the prison systemThis is essential reading for criminology and sociology students and researchers, criminal justice practitioners, the media and members of the public who are interested in learning more about the closed world of the prison.
Publisher: Open University Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 1 g
Dimensions: 242 x 172 x 15 mm