Making Good : Prisons, Punishment and Beyond

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2008-03-11
Publisher(s): Waterside Pr
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Second edition with additional material by the author, and a new foreword by one of the UK's leading penal reformers. * Classic and original - one of the works that paved the way for the development of the Restorative Justice movement * Argues that the real need is for fundamental rethinking of crime and punishment, rather than short-term tinkering with a prison system that is in an intolerable state of crisis. * Demonstrates that neither the conservative idea of deterrence through punishment nor the liberal ideal of rehabilitation has worked in practice. * Proposes the basis for a radical but carefully worked out practical philosophy which would place the emphasis on the offender making amends to the victim and society for the damage caused.

Author Biography

Martin Wright is a former Director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Policy Officer of Victim Support and Librarian of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology. He is a Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Table of Contents

Extracts from the Original Foreword
Prisons, Punishment and the Publicp. 19
Why Are Prisons Tolerated?p. 19
Obsolete Punishmentsp. 22
Public Attitudes to Punishmentp. 24
Prisons: What They Are Likep. 30
Isolationp. 31
Homelessnessp. 36
Work, Education and Prisonsp. 38
Psychological Effects of Imprisonmentp. 42
Physical Conditionsp. 46
Prisons: Endemic Abusesp. 51
Excessive Security and Controlp. 51
Punishments Permitted by Lawp. 59
Unlawful Violencep. 60
Restrictions on the Right to Know the Rulesp. 66
The Law's Failure to Protect Prisonersp. 68
Imprisoning the Disadvantagedp. 72
Keeping More People out of Prisonp. 77
Fewer Offencesp. 77
Fewer Prosecutionsp. 83
Diversion after Convictionp. 84
Fewer Imprisonable Offencesp. 86
People Who Should not Go to Prisonp. 89
Constructive Penaltiesp. 96
Nominal Penaltiesp. 96
Using Offenders' Good Qualitiesp. 97
Using the Community's Good Qualitiesp. 99
Enablingp. 101
Too little Punishment - Or Too Much Control?p. 104
Supervision: A Constructive Penalty?p. 105
Half Way to Imprisonmentp. 109
Shorter Prison Sentencesp. 111
The Remaining Prisonersp. 115
How Many Prisons?p. 115
The Aims of Imprisonmentp. 118
The Regime in the Remaining Prisonsp. 122
A Modern Role of Prison Managementp. 128
Prison Rules-O.K?p. 137
The Process of Releasep. 144
Bringing Change Aboutp. 148
The Executive Structure; Division of Responsibilityp. 148
Policy: Encouraging New Ideasp. 156
Crime Preventionp. 162
Involving the Publicp. 166
The Sentence of the Court: What Can It Achieve?p. 171
The Role of Punishment in Criminal Justicep. 171
The Search for an Alternativep. 192
Keeping Crime in Checkp. 209
General Preventive Strategiesp. 210
Community Action to Reduce Crimep. 214
Strategies Against Specific Crimesp. 219
Crime and the Social Climatep. 229
Individual Restraintp. 238
Making Amends: A Two-Way Processp. 240
Drawbacks of Traditional Practicep. 241
The Aims of the Systemp. 243
Suiting the Means to the Endp. 246
The Basis of Making Amendsp. 252
Natural Consequencesp. 255
When the Voluntary Principle is not Enoughp. 258
Amends by the Communityp. 266
Referencesp. 271
Indexp. 293
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