The decision to imprison: Key findings

Hough, Mike; Jacobson, Jessica and Millie, Andrew (2003). The decision to imprison: Key findings. Prison Reform Trust, London, UK.


This study addresses one of the central problems facing contemporary penal policy. The prison population in England and Wales has been rising steeply and progressively. Prisons are overcrowded, budgets are stretched to the limit. Despite this, there has been remarkably little debate about the reasons for this increase, and whether ways can be found of putting a stop to it. This study is intended to go some way to filling the gap.

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