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2nd Edition

Handbook on Prisons

ISBN 9780415745666
Published March 2, 2016 by Routledge
776 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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The second edition of the Handbook on Prisons provides a completely revised and updated collection of essays on a wide range of topics concerning prisons and imprisonment. Bringing together three of the leading prison scholars in the UK as editors, this new volume builds on the success of the first edition and reveals the range and depth of prison scholarship around the world.

The Handbook contains chapters written not only by those who have established and developed prison research, but also features contributions from ex-prisoners, prison governors and ex-governors, prison inspectors and others who have worked with prisoners in a wide range of professional capacities. This second edition includes several completely new chapters on topics as diverse as prison design, technology in prisons, the high security estate, therapeutic communities, prisons and desistance, supermax and solitary confinement, plus a brand new section on international perspectives. The Handbook aims to convey the reality of imprisonment, and to reflect the main issues and debates surrounding prisons and prisoners, while also providing novel ways of thinking about familiar penal problems and enhancing our theoretical understanding of imprisonment.

The Handbook on Prisons, Second edition is a key text for students taking courses in prisons, penology, criminal justice, criminology and related subjects, and is also an essential reference for academics and practitioners working in the prison service, or in related agencies, who need up-to-date knowledge of thinking on prisons and imprisonment.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Prisons in Context 

1. Prisons in Context, Andrew Coyle 

2. Prison Histories, 1770s-1950s: Continuities and contradictions, Helen Johnston 

3. The Aims of Imprisonment, Ian O’Donnell 

4. The Politics of Imprisonment, Richard Sparks, Jessica Bird and Louise Brangan 

5. The Sociology of Imprisonment, Ben Crewe 

6. Prison expansionism, Deborah H. Drake 

7. Prison Design and Carceral Space, Dominique Moran, Yvonne Jewkes and Jennifer Turner 

8. Prison Managerialism: Global change and local cultures in the working lives of prison managers, Jamie Bennett 

Part 2: Prison Controversies 

9. Private Prisons, John Rynne and Richard Harding 

10. Segregation and Supermax Confinement: An ethical evaluation, Derek S. Jeffreys 

11. Mental Health in Prisons, Alice Mills and Kathleen Kendall 

12. Drug Misuse in Prison, Michael Wheatley 

13. Suicide, Distress and the Quality of Prison Life, Alison Liebling and Amy Ludlow 

14. Sex offenders in Prison, Ruth Mann 

15. The prison officer, Helen Arnold 

16. Prisons and Technology: General lessons from the American context, Robert Johnson and Katie Hail-Jares 

Part 3: International Perspectives on Imprisonment 

17. Punishment and Political Economy, Ester Massa 

18. Prisons and Human Rights, Peter Bennett 

19. An International Overview of the Initiatives to Accommodate Indigenous Prisoners, Elizabeth Grant 

20. Ironies of American Imprisonment: From capitalizing on prisons to capital punishment, Michael Welch 

21. Houses for the Poor: Continental European prisons, Vincenzo Ruggiero 

22. Prisons as Welfare Institutions? Punishment and the Nordic model, Thomas Ugelvik 

23. Australasian Prisons, Claire Spivakovsky  24. Prisons in Africa, Andrew M. Jefferson and Tomas Max Martin 

25. Asian prisons: Colonial pasts, neoliberal future and subversive sites, Mahuya Bandyopadhyay 

26. Latin American Prisons, Sacha Darke and Maria Lucia Karam 

Part 4: The Penal Spectrum 

27. High Security Prisons in England and Wales: Principles and practuce, Alison Liebling  

28. Therapeutic Communities in Prison, Alisa Stevens 

29. Older Age, Harder Time: Ageing and imprisonment, Natalie Mann 

30. Young People and Prison, Rob Allen 

31. Doing Gendered Time: The harms of women's incarceration, Linda Moore and Phil Scraton 

32. Race, Ethnicity, Multiculture and Prison Life, Rod Earle 

33. The Prisoner: Inside and out, Jason Warr 

Part 5: Beyond the Prison 

34. Prisons and desistance, Fergus McNeill and Marguerite Schinkel 

35. Collateral damage: The families and children of prisoners, Rachel Condry, Anna Kotova and Shona Minson 

 36. Inspecting the Prison, Nick Hardwick 

37. Researching the Prison, Yvonne Jewkes and Serena Wright 

38. Representing the Prison, Eamonn Carrabine 

39. Imprisonment in a Global World: Rethinking penal power, Mary Bosworth, Inês Hasselberg and Sarah Turnbull  

40. Campaigning for and Campaigning against Prisons: Excavating and reaffirming the case for prison abolition, Mick Ryan and Joe Sim.

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Yvonne Jewkes is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. She is editor of the first Handbook on Prisons (2007), author of Captive Audience: Media, Masculinity and Power in Prisons (2002), and series editor (with Ben Crewe and Thomas Ugelvik) of Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology. Yvonne’s publications on prison architecture include (with Philip Hancock) 'Penal Aesthetics and the Pains of Imprisonment’, Punishment & Society; (with Dominique Moran) ‘The paradox of the "green" prison: sustaining the environment or sustaining the penal complex?’, Theoretical Criminology; and ‘The Aesthetics and Anaesthetics of Prison Architecture’, in Simon, J. et al Architecture and Justice (2013).

Ben Crewe is Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Dr. Crewe has published widely on prisons and imprisonment, and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology. His current research is on prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age.

Jamie Bennett has been a prison manager since 1996 and is currently Governor of HMP Grendon & Springhill. Dr. Bennett is also a Research Associate at the University of Oxford and has edited Prison Service Journal since 2004. He has written widely on prisons and was awarded a PhD at University of Edinburgh.


"A significantly expanded range of issues and international sweep. Cutting edge stuff - original and challenging essays reaching way beyond the useful overview of the field that the title Handbook conjures up."

David Brown, Emeritus Professor, Law Faculty, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia

"An impressive collection of essays addressing some of the key issues in prison research and practice which are currently engaging policy makers, academics and practitioners alike. This is a considerable achievement for the editors - Yvonne Jewkes, Jamie Bennett and Ben Crewe, who have brought together leading authorities in the field to write about these issues in a fresh and engaging way . If you only buy one textbook on prisons this year, make sure that it is this one."

Dr Sharon Shalev, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, UK. Author of Supermax: Controlling Risk Through Solitary Confinement (Willan, 2009)

"The arrival of this second edition of the Handbook on Prisons could not be more timely. Mass incarceration, perhaps the most significant social fact of our time, is both expanding and transforming on a global basis. The new volume brings the world's leading experts on penology and punishment and society together and forges a comprehensive platform of historical, theoretical, and problem centered frameworks to analyze the present conjuncture."

Jonathan S. Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law; Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley, USA