This is the most comprehensive and ambitious book on prisons to have been published, a key text for anybody studying the subject and an essential work of reference for practitioners working in prisons and other parts of the criminal justice system. It is especially timely in view of the many changes and debates about the role of prisons and their future organisation and management as part of the National Offender Management Service.
A key aim of the book is to explore a wide range of historical and contemporary issues relating to prisons, imprisonment and prison management, and to chart likely future trends. Chapters in the book are written by leading scholars in the field, and reflect the range and depth of prison research and scholarship.
Like the Handbook of Policing and Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety the Handbook on Prisons will be the essential book on the subject.
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Yvonne Jewkes is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. She has written extensively on the problems of policing cybercrime as well as more generally about the relationship between new technologies, crime and deviance. Her books include Dot.cons: crime, deviance and identity on the internet (Willan, 2003) and Media and Crime (Sage, 2004). She is also cofounder and Editor of Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal and editor of Willan Publishing's Handbook on Prisons (2007).
'An absolutely first rate collection of essays, by the leading authors in the field, which covers the full range of prisons issues. It is hard to imagine that it could possibly be surpassed. A must for teachers, researchers and students.' - Professor Tim Newburn, LSE
'A very useful, comprehensive and challenging collection by the foremost writers on UK prisons and imprisonment today.' - Professor Pat Carlen, Keele University
'Will make an excellent core textbook for courses on prisons.' - Professor Barbara Hudson, University of Central Lancashire
'This book will become a central text for all courses on the prison. The chapters provide a balanced overview of all the main topics and areas. The Introductions written by the editor are welcome contributions in their own right.' - Peter Young, Professor of Criminology, University of Hull
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