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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780232837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780232836
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Wilson is one of the UK's leading and most controversial criminologists. He is Director of the Center for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University, UK, and Vice Chair of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Vice President of New Bridge and Chair of the Friends of Grendon. He has presented documentaries on the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and is the author of best-selling A History of British Serial Killing (2010).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim O'Dell on 19 July 2014
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Good book with some very interesting facts about the prison system. It would appear that little has changed since our present system of justice came into being 150 years ago! The public still have the same concerns, and staff still have to deal with same problems. An enjoyable read all round, this book should appeal to professionals and lay people alike if they want an insight into the prison system and how it has evolved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Allan B. Pike on 7 April 2014
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A lot of information about the history of prisons in England & Wales and only some information about Scotland.
Easy to read and very well constructed chapters.
Overall it is a very informative book about the history of British prisons.
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By P. Harrison on 1 Mar. 2015
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Good stuff, to be expected of David Wilson.
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