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

The Virtual Prison

Community Custody and the Evolution of Imprisonment

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Published: 18th November 2004
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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

Preface
Foreword
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
References
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521536448
ISBN-10: 0521536448
Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 18th November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38