Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

The Role of Prison in Europe

Travelling in the Footsteps of John Howard

Authors: Vander Beken, Tom

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  • Supplies a critical appraisal of the role of prisons as a form of punishment 
  • Incorporates a wealth of research drawn from experiences in prisons across Europe 
  • Challenges the reader to reflect upon prison reforms made over the last two centuries
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This book discusses the role of the prison in Europe across a divide of over 200 years. Inspired by the travels of the prison reformer John Howard (1726-1790), who visited prisons across Europe in the eighteenth century, it fundamentally reflects on centuries of the practice of locking people up as punishment. Howard travelled across Europe to visit prisons, with a simple method: he travelled and knocked on prison doors on his journey and entered the premises. He then observed the situation in the prison, took notes and left to visit other locations. Howard's influential book The State of the Prisons resulted from his experiences, provoking debate among prison reformers and academics worldwide.
Adopting the contemporary methods of prison tourism research, the author follows in Howard's footsteps. He draws on extensive research conducted in prisons across six countries: England, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Azerbaijan. Howard's reflections are used as a frame to assess contemporary prisons, particularly revolving around the questions of what prisons are for today, and what they should (or should not) be. It will be of great interest to criminologists researching prisons and penology, as well as historians interested in the histories of punishment.

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Tom Vander Beken is Professor at the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy at Ghent University, Belgium. He conducts research on criminal justice issues with a particular focus on prisons and prison systems.

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“This book will probably be read in different ways by historical and contemporary criminologists. As the combination of title and subtitle suggests, it deals both with today’s prisons and with the eighteenth-century visitor of carceral institutions, John Howard. … In sum: this is a book … interesting for criminologists.” (Pieter Spierenburg, Rutgers University, clcjbooks.rutgers.edu, March, 2017)

“The book, then, is part travelogue, part study in comparative penal policy, with the author switching skilfully between the two … . The Role of Prison in Europe constitutes a stimulating, insightful and highly readable series of reflections on recent and future directions in European penal policy.” (Neil Davie, The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, Vol. 58 (1), March, 2019)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Role of Prison in Europe
Book Subtitle
Travelling in the Footsteps of John Howard
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-29388-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29388-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-29387-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80560-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 243
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