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Tackling prison overcrowding: Build more prisons? Sentence fewer offenders?

Mike Hough, Rob Allen, and Enver Solomon


This book is a response to controversial proposals for prisons and sentencing set out in by Lord Patrick Carter's ‘Review of Prisons’, published in 2007. The Carter review proposed the construction of vast ‘Titan’ prisons to deal with the immediate problem of prison overcrowding, the establishment of a Sentencing Commission as a mechanism for keeping judicial demand for prison places in line with supply, along with further use of the private sector, including private-sector management methods. The book comprises nine chapters by academic experts, who expose these proposals to critical scrutiny ... More

Keywords: prison overcrowding, prisons, sentencing, Review of Prisons, Lord Patrick Carter, Sentencing Commission, penal populism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781847421104
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Hough, editor

Rob Allen, editor

Enver Solomon, editor