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Getting out - early release in England and Wales, 1960-1995
Thomas C Guiney
Oxford University Press
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Getting Out offers the first systematic account of the evolution of early release as a public policy concern in England and Wales between 1960 and 1995.
At a time when public discourse on crime has focused, to a significant degree, upon the powers of the police and the sentence of the court this book seeks to turn current debate on its head and examine the circumstances in which policy makers have found it desirable to reduce the custodial element of a prison sentence and return prisoners to the community. Drawing upon an extensive period of archival research, and interviews with key decision-makers, this book considers three defining periods of reform that illuminate the complex ideas, trade-offs, and moments of political controversy that have shaped this secretive and little understood area of penal policy.
The book argues that early release is inherently bound up with prevailing societal justifications for punishment and the appropriate use of imprisonment within our liberal democratic system. It draws attention to the uneasy constitutional balance of power between the judiciary and the executive, and reflects upon the administrative task of governing large captive populations where the hopes and expectations of inmates do not always align with the interests of prison authorities or the communityat large.
In so doing, Getting Out challenges widespread assumptions about penal change and shows how government policy has been shaped by the legacy of past political choices, the organisation of central government departments and the fluid balance of power within Whitehall.

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Dr Thomas Guiney is a Visiting Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and was awarded the Titmuss Award for Best Overall Thesis in 2016 for the quality and originality of his research. He has written widely on penal policy and his work has featured on national print media, TV and radio.

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Early release programs - England - History - 20th century.|Early release programs - Wales - History - 20th century.
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xx, 295

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