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The Good Prison: Conscience, Crime and Punishment

The Good Prison: Conscience, Crime and Punishment [Kindle Edition]

Gerard Lemos
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Publication date: 15 April 2014. Why do some people commit crimes when others don't? How can prisons stop offenders continuing with a life of crime? Gerard Lemos, an influential social policy expert, argues that conscience formed by family relationships and reinforced through community life is crucial. So prisoners need to become good partners, parents and citizens. Above all, prison must change how offenders see themselves. Training for employment will never be enough. Drawing on many examples from his extensive research of innovative activities in prisons, Lemos emphasises the importance of restoration as punishment as well as mindfulness, creativity and spirituality together with a belief in your own autonomy. All these can work to strengthen prisoners and ex-offenders' well-being and their commitment to others as well as to themselves. A positive use of the welfare system could sustain changes in ex-offenders that are achieved by the Good Prison. 'The Good Prison: conscience, crime and punishment' is neither outdated liberalism nor punitive myopia. This book sets the agenda for a radical change in the philosophy and practice of criminal justice and prison management. "In an age that looks increasingly and forlornly to locate the solutions to reoffending in statistics, it is exhilarating to find Gerard Lemos bringing the full range of human attributes - physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual - to bear on this most complex area of social policy. The ground he covers is exceptionally wide-ranging, but never out of focus. The solutions he proposes - notably for the role that ritual can play in rehabilitation - are surprising, but surprisingly practical. This is an exciting and very impressive book." Tim Robertson, Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1410 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lemos&Crane (7 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars How prisons could work better for everyone 10 Jun 2014
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This book considers with humanity and thoughtfulness what is wrong with prisons today, what is done well in them and how best practice could be extended, especially if good practice could be less dependent on the limited - but often effective - voluntary sector. Lemos describes how even well-meaning prison staff rarely have the resources (time or money) to build on the good work done through projects which work. The author addresses the psychological, emotional and practical difficulties that prisoners have - and the system has - in preparing them for life after prison without reoffending. These include mental ill health, illiteracy and the absence of any stable family environment. While humanising the prisoner the author also addresses the needs of the victim(s) to see justice done in a way which can help them recover from their own trauma. The role of restorative justice is discussed in this context. Examples are given from many different countries of how practices in criminal justice systems have been used to reduce recidivism. This should be read by anybody interested in prison reform, and in particular by those of a 'lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key' tendency. This book will persuade the reader not just that the whole of society would be better - not least by being less fearful - if crime could be reduced, but that this is possible with a bit of extra time, money and commitment, including the commitment of the prisoners themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humane and thoughtful 27 May 2014
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The Good Prison gives an excellent overview of why we have prisons and asks important questions about where we should go with them. For anyone to take someone else's liberty is an act of violence and for the state to justify itself, it needs to make use of prisons as part of the healing process, rather than just an adjunct to the state or commercial sector.
Well done Gerard. We love you.
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