The Penal System: An Introduction


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Now in its Sixth Edition, this remains the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the penal system, providing students with an incisive, critical account of the punitive, managerial and humanitarian approaches to criminal justice.


Fully updated to cover the most recent changes in the Criminal Justice System, the new edition:

  • Outlines contemporary policy debates on sentencing, staffing, youth custody, and overcrowding.
  • Explores growing inequalities in the criminal justice system including issues of race, religion, gender, and sexuality, with new content on faith, and transgender prisoners.
  • Considers the impact of privatization on the probation service.
  • Discusses the most recent debates around the parole process, including high-profile cases and attempts at reform.

The book is supported by online resources for lecturers and students, including chapter PowerPoints, seminar plans, summaries of key legislative acts and bills, White Papers, consultation papers and official reports, regular updates on policy developments, a glossary, useful weblinks and links to further reading.


Essential reading for students of criminal justice and criminology, studying penology, punishments and the penal system.