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.

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part I|142 pages

Prisons in context

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Prisons in context

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Prison histories, 1770s–1950s

Continuities and contradictions

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

The aims of imprisonment

chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

The politics of imprisonment

chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

The sociology of imprisonment

chapter Chapter 6|13 pages

Prison expansionism

chapter Chapter 8|16 pages

Prison managerialism

Global change and local cultures in the working lives of prison managers

part II|160 pages

Prison controversies

chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

Private prisons

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages

Segregation and supermax confinement

An ethical evaluation

chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Mental health in prisons

chapter Chapter 12|19 pages

Drug misuse in prison

chapter Chapter 14|19 pages

Sex offenders in prison

chapter Chapter 15|19 pages

The prison officer

chapter Chapter 16|23 pages

Prisons and technology

General lessons from the American context

part III|168 pages

International perspectives on imprisonment

chapter Chapter 17|15 pages

Punishment and political economy

chapter Chapter 18|16 pages

Prisons and human rights

chapter Chapter 20|16 pages

Ironies of American imprisonment

From capitalizing on prisons to capital punishment

chapter Chapter 21|13 pages

Houses for the poor

Continental European prisons

chapter Chapter 22|15 pages

Prisons as welfare institutions?

Punishment and the Nordic model

chapter Chapter 23|20 pages

Australasian prisons

chapter Chapter 24|18 pages

Prisons in Africa

chapter Chapter 25|19 pages

Asian prisons

Colonial pasts, neo-liberal futures and subversive sites

chapter Chapter 26|15 pages

Latin American prisons

part IV|130 pages

The penal spectrum

chapter Chapter 27|20 pages

High security prisons in England and Wales

Principles and practice

chapter Chapter 28|17 pages

Therapeutic communities

chapter Chapter 29|15 pages

Older age, harder time

Ageing and imprisonment

chapter Chapter 30|20 pages

Young people and prison

chapter Chapter 31|19 pages

Doing gendered time

The harms of women's incarceration

chapter Chapter 32|18 pages

Race, ethnicity, multiculture and prison life

chapter Chapter 33|19 pages

The prisoner

Inside and out

part V|129 pages

Beyond the prison

chapter Chapter 34|15 pages

Prisons and desistance

chapter Chapter 35|19 pages

Social injustice and collateral damage

The families and children of prisoners

chapter Chapter 36|18 pages

Inspecting the prison

chapter Chapter 37|18 pages

Researching the prison

chapter Chapter 38|21 pages

Representing the prison

chapter Chapter 39|14 pages

Imprisonment in a global world

Rethinking penal power

chapter Chapter 40|22 pages

Campaigning for and campaigning against prisons

Excavating and reaffirming the case for prison abolition