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Prisons after Woolf : Reform Through Riot
For the past few years prisons have attracted much media attention, due to substantial increases in the prison population, deteriorations in regimes and conditions and a substantial expansion of the prison estate. In addition there has been widespread industrial action by prison officers, and a series of disturbances and riots by prisoners.
Following the riot at Strangeways prison in Manchester, and subsequent disturbances in thirty other establishments across England and Wales, Lord Justice Woolf was appointed to conduct an inquiry into the six most serious riots and their causes. Prisons after Woolf serves as a basic source of information on prison issues, reviewing major areas of penal practice in the light of Lord Justice Woolf''s recommendations and proposals, and the Government''s response the White Paper, Custody, Care and Justice. In so doing, the contributors, who comprise both academics and practitioners in criminial justice, present an important and broad perspective on the major questions in penology today.
They consider the practical and theoretical issues which need to be addressed if Woolf''s vision of a proper balance between security, control and justice in prisons is to be realised. This includes such issues as prisoners'' rights, disciplinary procedures and prison medicine. In addition, the book examines the impact of the recommendations on particular groups of prisoners such as those on remand, the mentally disordered, long-termers and women. Finally, Prisons after Woolf examines the relationship between prisons and the community. It will be required reading for students in criminology, criminal justice and social policy, as well as everyone working in the criminal justice system.
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Taylor & Francis
December 07, 1994
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