1st Edition

The Use of Imprisonment Essays in the Changing State of English Penal Policy

Edited By Seán McConville Copyright 1975

    In the previous few years English penal policy had undergone considerable change. Originally published in 1975, the contributors to The Use of Imprisonment focus on the use of imprisonment in such a time of transition, and examine various aspects of penal policy – administrative, organizational, staffing, legal, philosophical. The volume provides a valuable introduction to penal policy and administration, and to some of the central issues in the penological debate at the time.

    Influenced mainly by events in the United States, interest had been growing in England in prisoners’ legal rights and in the laws affecting imprisonment. This complemented an increasing mood of scepticism among many psychologists, sociologists and other social scientists in relation to the aims and methods of reformatory imprisonment. Such thinking, although still largely divergent and amorphous, had gone far towards undermining the penological axioms and aspirations of the last few generations. The precise direction of new policy was still unclear, but the essays in this book make various informed suggestions as to the future, and also provide an examination of the present state of several key areas. They emphasise the failure of the treatment model of imprisonment, while at the same time recognising the need to be cautious about breaking down the prison walls and bringing treatment ‘into the community’.

    Notes on Contributors.  Acknowledgments.  Introduction.  1. Prisoners and the Law Graham Zellick  2. Administration: Staff Structure and Training Today Norman Jepson  3. Aspects of the Psychology of Imprisonment Mark Williams  4. The Imprisonment of Females Frances Heidensohn  5. Custodial Alternatives Hugh J. Klare  6. Alternatives to Imprisonment Keith Hawkins  7. Tactics of Reform Martin Wright  8. Future Prospects of Imprisonment in Britain Seaìn McConville.  Suggested Further Reading.


    Sean McConville