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Cambridge Studies in Criminology : The Virtual Prison: Community Custody and the Evolution of Imprisonment - Julian V. Roberts

Cambridge Studies in Criminology

The Virtual Prison: Community Custody and the Evolution of Imprisonment

Hardcover Published: 13th December 2004
ISBN: 9780521829595
Number Of Pages: 220

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The last twenty five years have seen dramatic rises in the prison populations of most industrialised nations. Unable to keep up with increased numbers of convicted offenders, governments and criminal justice systems have been seeking new ways to control and punish offenders. One sanction adopted in Canada and some parts of Europe and the US is community custody which attempts to recreate the punitive nature of prison but without incarceration. This book analyzes the effectiveness of this approach and explores its implications for offenders and society as a whole. It demonstrates that if properly conceived and administered, community custody can reduce the number of prison admissions and at the same time promote multiple goals of sentencing. So that offenders given community custody orders are punished yet also given the opportunity to change their lives in ways that would be impossible if they were in prison. Julian V. Roberts has been working in the area of sentencing and public opinion for over twenty years. He is Editor of The Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice and has written and co-edited ten books.

'This is an important, well-written, information- and idea-packed book which explores emergent new forms of intensively regulating offenders in the community ...' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
"[A] groundbreaking book...well written, superbly documented and thought provoking...a comprehensive study...a lucid analysis..." Judge Gilles Renaud
"Julian Roberts expertly weaves together theory and research in corrections, public expectations, and cultural variations in implementation to present a cogent argument for the utilization of community custody sanctions as the norm rather than the exception...The Virtual Prison is a "must read" for those who believe that we cannot continue a path of mass imprisonment." Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Martha Henderson-Hurley, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Introduction to the concept of community custody
The way we punish now
Conceptualising community custody
Representative models of community custody
Coming home to prison: offender perceptions and experiences
The effect of community custody on prison admissions
Public attitudes towards community custody
Making community custody work
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ISBN: 9780521829595
ISBN-10: 0521829593
Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 13th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.5

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