Contemporary prison practice faces many challenges, is developing
rapidly and is become increasingly professionalized, influenced by
the new National Offender Management Service. As well as bringing
an increased emphasis on skills and qualifications it has also
introduced a new set of ideas and concepts into the established
prisons and penal lexicon. At the same time courses on prisons and
penology remain important components of criminology and criminal
justice degree courses. This will be the essential source of
reference for the increasing number of people studying in, working
in prisons and working with prisoners. This Dictionary is part a
new series of dictionaries covering key aspects of criminal justice
and the criminal justice system and designed to meet the needs of
both students and practitioners: approximately 300 entries (of
between 500 and 1500 words) on key terms and concepts arranged
alphabetically designed to meet the needs of both students and
practitioners entries include summary definition, main text and key
texts and sources takes full account of emerging occupational and
Skills for Justice criteria edited by a leading academic and
practitioner in the prisons and penology field entries contributed
by leading academic and practitioners in prisons and penology.
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