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Prisons and their Moral Performance: A Study of Values, Quality, and Prison Life

Prisons and their Moral Performance: A Study of Values, Quality, and Prison Life (Hardback)

By Liebling, Alison
By Arnold, Helen

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This book constitutes a critical case study of the modern search for public sector reform. It includes a detailed account of a study aimed at developing a meaningful way of evaluating difficult-to-measure moral dimensions of the quality of prisons. Penal practices, values, and se...nsibilities have undergone important transformations over the period 1990-2003. Part of this transformation included a serious flirtation with a liberal penal project that went wrong. A significant factor in this unfortunate turn of events was a lack of clarity, by those working in and managing prisons, about important terms such as 'justice', 'liberal', and 'care', and how they might apply to daily penal life. Official measures of the prison seem to lack relevance to many who live and work in prison and to their critics. The author proposes that a truer test of the quality of prison life is what staff and prisoners have to say about those aspects of prison life that 'matter most': relationships, fairness, order, and the quality of their treatment. The book attempts a detailed analysis and measurement of these dimensions in five prisons. It finds significant differences between establishments in these areas of prison life, and some departures from the official vision of the prison supported by the performance framework. The information revolution has generated unprecedented levels of knowledge about individual prisons, as well as providing a management reach into establishments from a distance, and a capacity for 'chronic revision', that was unimaginable fifty years ago. Another major transformation - the modernisation project - brought with it a new, but flawed, 'craft' of performance monitoring and measurement aimed at solving some of the problems of prison management. This book explores the arrival and the impact of this concept of performance and the links apparently forged between managerialism and moral values.
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ISBN 9780199271221
Released AU 1 Jun 2004
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
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Series Clarendon Studies in Criminology
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ISBN-13 9780199271221
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 1 Jun 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Liebling, Alison
By Arnold, Helen
Series Clarendon Studies in Criminology
Category Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Crime & Criminology
Courts & Procedure
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 584
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 224mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 365.941
Weight 828g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Prisons - Moral and ethical aspects - Great Britain, Prisoners - Care - Moral and ethical aspects - Great Britain, Prison administration - Great Britain, Quality of life
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly