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    Current trends and practices in the use of imprisonment

    Coyle, Andrew and Heard, Catherine and Fair, Helen (2016) Current trends and practices in the use of imprisonment. International Review of the Red Cross 98 (903), pp. 761-781. ISSN 1816-3831.

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    This article charts the rapid rise in the use of imprisonment in recent decades before considering some of the most pressing issues of concern in the use of imprisonment today. First among these is prison overcrowding, which continues to blight the record of many countries in their treatment of prisoners. To illustrate the potentially dire consequences of overcrowding – a problem common to many other countries and regions – an account is given of a recent visit to a prison in El Salvador. The article then provides an overview of the relevant regional and international standards on the treatment of prisoners, referring also to the role of judicial bodies in ensuring implementation.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): prison, overcrowding, conditions of detention, prison populations, women prisoners, use of imprisonment, criminal justice policy
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Helen Fair
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 13:16
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:34


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