Penal ‘Austerity’: The Doctrine of Less Eligibility Reborn?

  • Richard Sparks


This chapter raises certain arguments and historical analogies which may assist in taking a few preliminary sightings of some distinctive features of the current British penal landscape. I hope to show that some of the present developments, which initially appear rather particular and ‘of the moment’, interestingly bear comparison with much earlier ideas and events. That comparison may suggest, at least in outline, a way of conceptualizing and responding to the contemporary scene.


Prison Population Royal Commission Prison Condition Welfare Provision Private Prison 
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