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Title:
Alternatives to prison : punishment, custody, and the community
Author:
Vass, Antony A.
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Publication Information:
London : Newbury Park : Sage Publications, 1990.
Physical Description:
xiv, 205 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780803982635

9780803982642
Format :
Book

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Central Library HV9275 .V37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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This comprehensive and accessible textbook outlines and critically appraises alternatives to custody. At a time of escalating prison costs, severe overcrowding and rising recidivism rates punishment in the community is widely seen as the means by which these problems can be solved. How valid is this claim? Vass traces the development of the prison, its recurrent crises and the search for workable alternatives. Can alternative punishments succeed in diverting offenders from imprisonment or will they inevitably be used as extra punitive measures by the court? How will they be enforced? What will their effect be on both offenders and the community at large? Drawing on international experiences of diverting offenders from custody through means such as tagging and electronic monitoring, he warns that in the absence of a coherent criminal justice policy these measures are unlikely to provide a solution. He assesses the challenges faced by probation and welfare services in having to develop punishment in the community. Among other alternatives including tagging and probation day centres, Vass also presents case study accounts drawing on firsthand experience of a community service order. Always engaging and lively, Alternatives to Prison will be an essential textbook for students of sociology, social policy, social work, criminology, youth and community work. Practitioners and policymakers in criminal justice, probation and social work will also benefit from its timely and important analysis and overview of the situation.


Summary

This comprehensive and accessible textbook outlines and critically appraises alternatives to custody. At a time of escalating prison costs, severe overcrowding and rising recidivism rates punishment in the community is widely seen as the means by which these problems can be solved. How valid is this claim? Vass traces the development of the prison, its recurrent crises and the search for workable alternatives. Can alternative punishments succeed in diverting offenders from imprisonment or will they inevitably be used as extra punitive measures by the court? How will they be enforced? What will their effect be on both offenders and the community at large? Drawing on international experiences of diverting offenders from custody through means such as tagging and electronic monitoring, he warns that in the absence of a coherent criminal justice policy these measures are unlikely to provide a solution. He assesses the challenges faced by probation and welfare services in having to develop punishment in the community. Among other alternatives including tagging and probation day centres, Vass also presents case study accounts drawing on firsthand experience of a community service order. Always engaging and lively, Alternatives to Prison will be an essential textbook for students of sociology, social policy, social work, criminology, youth and community work. Practitioners and policymakers in criminal justice, probation and social work will also benefit from its timely and important analysis and overview of the situation.


Table of Contents

The Prison Crisis and Alternatives to Custody
A Brief History
The Prison Crisis in the 1980s Alternatives v Custody
The Debates Rage On Alternatives as a Trojan Horse
The Case Re-examined Community Service as Process of Tolerance
Probation Day Centres as an Alternative to Custody
Punishment in the Community Policy and Prospects
References
The Prison Crisis and Alternatives to Custody
A Brief History
The Prison Crisis in the 1980s Alternatives v Custody
The Debates Rage On Alternatives as a Trojan Horse
The Case Re-examined Community Service as Process of Tolerance
Probation Day Centres as an Alternative to Custody
Punishment in the Community Policy and Prospects
References

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