Understanding prisons and the policies surrounding them is of fundamental importance to students and practitioners of criminology and related fields. This concise and accessible guide offers a compendium of key information, theories, concepts, research and policy, presenting a rounded and critical overview of the prison system in England and Wales.
Covering the historical and contemporary context of prisons, the text guides the reader through prison life as experienced by different groups such as women, the work of prison officers and a tour of international prisons.
Each chapter features key learning items:
• an overview and summary;
• learning outcomes;
• end of chapter questions;
• definitions of key terms and concepts;
• examples and illustrative case studies;
• summary boxes of key research studies and further reading.
Focusing on the experiences of stakeholder groups and the themes of power, legitimacy and rehabilitation, the book concludes with an overview of the future challenges for prisons.
"This is a great, comprehensive and accessible introduction to prisons and punishment. I have no doubt it will be a popular text with those students of Penology, Criminology and Criminal Justice. It deserves to be." James Treadwell, Professor of Criminology, Staffordshire University
Rachel Vipond is Lecturer in Social Policy and Crime at the University of York.
2. The Birth of the Prison
3. Prison: The Modern Context
4. Doing Time- How Different Groups Experience Prison Differently
5. Prison Life
6. Theorising Punishment and the Pains of Imprisonment
7. Doing Prison Work
8. Release From Prison
9. International Imprisonment
10. Themes Revisited