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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Joe Sim traces the development of penal strategy over the past three decades,
through a critical analysis of the relationship between penal policy and state
power. Exploring the contested histories of punishment that are prominent in
criminology, and its development in penal policy, the book analyzes four key
dimensions of modern penal trends continuity and discontinuity in penal policy
and practice, reform and rehabilitation, contesting penal power, and
abolitionism. Articulate, innovative, and theoretically informed, Punishment
and Prisons offers a critical overview of contemporary penal politics that will
prove a compelling addition to the criminological library.