This book provides in-depth, orignal and critical analyses by leading scholars of the penal systems of 16 nations around the world, focusing on changes in social structure, culture and punishment since 1975. Contributors provide an international and comparative context in which to understand the impact of recent profound economic, social and political changes on penal theory and practice.
" Weiss and South have put together a book that should become a criminological classic. In my 25 years as a criminologist I have never seen anything like this! A must read for all concerned about the future of the world."