Imprisonment Worldwide

The Current Situation and An Alternative Future

Andrew Coyle, Helen Fair, Jessica Jacobson, and Roy Walmsley

Imprisonment Worldwide

Andrew Coyle, Helen Fair, Jessica Jacobson, and Roy Walmsley

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

112 pages | 25 color plates | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447331759 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
How many people are imprisoned across the globe? What factors can help explain variations in the use of imprisonment in different countries? What ethical considerations should apply to the way imprisonment is used? Providing a comprehensive account of prison populations the world over, this international book links prison statistics from the past fifteen years with insights from four well-respected experts on how prisons and prison populations are managed and the implications of these management techniques moving forward. Together, the authors shed light on what is meant by an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment and how such an approach can be sustained in ever more challenging social, economic, and political environments.

Clear, concise, and featuring informative infographics, Imprisonment Worldwide is an engaging, critical contribution to current debates about prisons and the use and abuse of imprisonment. Not only an essential resource for scholars of criminology, law, political science, and public policy, it will also deepen the understanding of policy makers, prison professionals, activists, and the general public on this vital issue of modern society.
Contents
Introduction;
Section I: Prisons and the use of imprisonment: numbers and trends;
Numbers of prisoners worldwide;
Composition of prison populations worldwide;
Prison population trends;
Section II: An ethical approach to the use of imprisonment;
What constitutes an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment?;
Features of an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment;
Challenges to an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment;
Section III: An alternative future;
Rethinking prisons and the use of imprisonment;
Conclusion. 
Review Quotes
Robert Johnson, American University
“Comprehensive, concise, ethically informed, and attuned to future possibilities—a must read for penologists the world over.”
Alison Liebling, University of Cambridge
“In this timely book, the authors state clearly and succinctly what needs to be done. Sustainable justice requires less emphasis on imprisonment and more on human and social development.”
Lord David Ramsbotham, member of the UK House of Lords and former chief inspector of prisons for England and Wales
“The welcome publication of this excellent and thought-provoking book will inform governments and parliaments worldwide about the limited role of imprisonment.”
Frances Crook, CEO of the Howard League for Penal Reform, UK
“At a time when we are expecting significant change to public services including the criminal justice system, this vital tool for practitioners, academics, and students provides a source of inspiration and a substantial body of evidence from around the world.”
Rod Earle, Open University
“Imagine a world with more and more prisons. Imagine failing prisons, brutal and broken prisons. This is the world of Coyle and company’s book. It shouldn’t be an easy read, but it is eminently readable. It asks urgent questions about the ethics of imprisonment that challenge us to imagine something else, something better.”
Richard Garside, director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, UK
“A lovely little book. A great resource for anyone who wants the key information on imprisonment around the world.”
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