Penology is concerned with the study and evaluation of penal sanctions inflicted on wrongdoers. Contrary to the humble subtitle chosen by David Scott and Nick Flynn, their extremely useful book offers far more than the ‘essentials’ on prisons and punishment.
This is a welcome second edition to the previously titled Penology. With all chapters fully revised and updated, and the addition of extensive recommended readings, this book provides an informative, accessible and stimulating introduction for students on prisons and punishment courses.
The new edition of this popular undergraduate text will be widely welcomed. Clearly written and challenging, it addresses issues from the justifications for punishment to the ownership and operation of penal systems, especially prisons. It is an ideal introduction for those coming into the relatively new and contested discipline of criminology.
A go to when critically evaluating ongoing issues of "what works"
This covers an excellent variety of relevant topics and issues within our module. Students have found this a very accessible resource and one which has helped with their wider reading
This book provides a highly effective introduction to academic studies about prisons. I will be using it as a course text book on a first year module aptly named 'Prison and Punishment'.
Very good understanding of prisons and punishment.
This is an excellent textbook to introduce the topic of penology, prisons, and punishment that I will be recommending to my students on the Foundation Degree and the BA in Criminal Justice and Offender Management. at Derby College.
The authors engage the reader with the critical and contemporary issues with prisons and offender management.
This book will form part of the recommended readings for both the penology module and the criminal justice process module at the University Centre, Grimsby. It provides some good information about the penal system and is of use for anyone wanting to learn about prisons and punishment, or wanting to work in that sector.
Great text, I will add it to my recommended list for students and university library
An excellent introduction to penology for students on undergraduate and postgraduate criminology and criminal justice degree programmes. Great starting point for anyone interested in the central themes of the book. Clear and concise yet does not lack critical insight.
The content was misjudged by myself but it has become a valuable textbook for a colleague who does the Penology module
The book is well written and engages with contemporary issues on prisons and punishment. The students found the book very useful as well. We will be using the same again this year/semester.
Excellent text and additional resources for students
A useful handbook for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students to introduce them to the concepts of penology
The status adopted does not reflect the content of the text at all ! I felt this was an excellent text that would complement a particular aspect of the social work degree programme in the research and social policy year 3 module. I will be recommending this book to students who have an interest in the criminal justice aspect of social work practice.
Excellent introduction in sociological thinking on current criminological phenomena. Essential reading for criminology students!
This will complement the other material within the module well. It gives a more theoretical view on penology.
An interesting book that puts prisons and punishment into perspective for students.