chapter  8
Prisons, governance and research – looking to the future
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Over 40 years ago, in the classic volume The Prison: Studies in Institutional Organisation and Change, Cressey (1961) suggested that administrators and other policy makers do not find theoretical works too helpful for their job. Giddens suggests that research can reconstitute and alter the field of practice where the research is absorbed back into discourse and practice (what he call the ‘double hermeneutic’, Giddens 1989: 289). This section highlights areas where the present research has implications for policy and practice. In doing so it is hoped that the current research will contribute to bridging the divide between theory and practice (Petersilia 1996).