The Good Prison – new book looks at conscience, crime and punishment

From Amazon UK:

Why do some people commit crimes when others don’t? How can prisons stop offenders continuing with a life of crime?

Gerard Lemos, an influential social policy expert, argues that conscience formed by family relationships and reinforced through community life is crucial. So prisoners need to become good partners, parents and citizens. Above all, prison must change how offenders see themselves. Training for employment will never be enough. Drawing on many examples from his extensive research of innovative activities in prisons, Lemos emphasises the importance of restoration as punishment as well as mindfulness, creativity and spirituality together with a belief in your own autonomy. All these can work to strengthen prisoners and ex-offenders’ well-being and their commitment to others as well as to themselves. A positive use of the welfare system could sustain changes in ex-offenders that are achieved by the Good Prison. ‘The Good Prison: conscience, crime and punishment’ is neither outdated liberalism nor punitive myopia. This book sets the agenda for a radical change in the philosophy and practice of criminal justice and prison management.

“In an age that looks increasingly and forlornly to locate the solutions to reoffending in statistics, it is exhilarating to find Gerard Lemos bringing the full range of human attributes – physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual – to bear on this most complex area of social policy. The ground he covers is exceptionally wide-ranging, but never out of focus. The solutions he proposes – notably for the role that ritual can play in rehabilitation – are surprising, but surprisingly practical. This is an exciting and very impressive book.” Tim Robertson, Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust

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