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In Unusually Cruel, Mark Morje Howard shows how far outside the norm-and how different from systems in other advanced, industrial democracies-US prisons are.
'Somewhere in each of us is the blackest pit from which few ever return. I had found mine.' Found guilty of the rape and murder of a woman he had never met, Nick Yarris was sentenced to death. With appeal after appeal failing he spent twenty-two years waiting to die....
By Rob Canton
Integrating philosophical, sociological, political and ethical perspectives, it provides a thorough and wide-ranging discussion of the purposes, meanings and justifications of punishment for crime and the extent to which punishment does, could or should live up to what it claims to achieve. Why Punish?
Joining the most notorious gangsters and criminals of the day - from the Krays, the Yorkshire Ripper and Charles Bronson, to high ranking members of the IRA - nothing could have prepared him for the brutal regime, violent convicts, vindictive screws and riots on the inside.
By Graham Towl
The definitive guide from two leading authors central to developments in the field. An invaluable book which covers everything from theoretical and community research to precisely what is known about prisoners and the risk of their committing suicide.