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Philosophy Behind Bars

Growth and Development in Prison

Male prisons can be dangerous places with a climate of distrust, but can long-term prisoners be given the space to reflect and grow ? This ground-breaking study found that engaging prisoners in philosophy education enabled them to think about some of the ‘big’ questions in life and as a result to see themselves and others differently.

Bristol Uni Press

A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime

This book situates the social construction of crime and criminal behaviour within the philosophical context of phenomenology and explores how these constructions inform, and justify, the policies employed to address them. It is essential reading for academics and students interested in social theory and theories of criminology.

Policy Press

Plural policing

The mixed economy of visible patrols in England and Wales

This report draws together the findings of a two-year study of developments in the provision of visible policing in England and Wales, combining an overview of national developments with a detailed analysis of six focused case studies.

Policy Press

Police and Crime Commissioners

The Transformation of Police Accountability

In this book Bryn Caless and Jane Owens reveal the innermost workings of the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs)’ relationships with the police, media, partners and public It makes essential reading for Police Crime Commissioners, police practitioner and academics, students and researchers in criminology and policing.

Policy Press

Police–Community Relations in Times of Crisis

Decay and Reform in the Post-Ferguson Era

The deaths of Michael Brown and George Floyd at the hands of white police officers uncovered an apparent legitimacy crisis at the heart of American policing. Drawing on interviews with officers, offenders, practitioners and community members, this book explores policing changes in the ‘post-Ferguson’ era and informs future policing practice.

Bristol Uni Press

Policing at the top

The roles, values and attitudes of chief police officers

Chief police officers make far-reaching strategic command decisions about policing, armed responses, operations against criminals and allocation of resources yet they are often unknown even to their forces. In this ground-breaking social study, Bryn Caless presents their frank and sometimes controversial views.

Policy Press

Ports, Crime and Security

Governing and Policing Seaports in a Changing World

The COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and the US-China trade dispute have heightened interest in the geopolitics and security of modern ports.

Applying a multidisciplinary lens to the political economy of port security, this book presents a unique outlook on the social, economic and political factors that shape organised crime and governance.

Bristol Uni Press

Practical Psychology for Policing

This textbook investigates how psychological research can be applied to practical policing. It explores new ways psychological knowledge can be used in broad areas of policing and uniquely demonstrates its use in specific aspects of practical policing. Encouraging critical reflection, this book is essential reading for practitioners and students.

Policy Press

The Pre-Crime Society

Crime, Culture and Control in the Ultramodern Age

We live in a pre-crime society where technological strategies and techniques are employed to achieve hyper-securitization. Exploring theories, technologies and institutional practices, this pioneering book explains how the pre-crime society operates in the ‘ultramodern’ age and proposes new directions in crime control policy.

Bristol Uni Press

Pregnancy and New Motherhood in Prison

This timely book addresses an overlooked area of criminal justice by focusing on the reality of pregnancy, birth and/or separation, and new motherhood in prison. Based on the experiences of women in mother and baby units, it passionately argues the case for minimising harm, making key reading for criminology and midwifery students and researchers.

Policy Press

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

This book brings together researchers and practitioners from a range of fields to examine strategies and programs for preventing intimate partner violence (IPV). It provides paths to more efficacious prevention strategies and highlights ways that all stakeholders can work more effectively toward reducing violence.

Policy Press

Preventing Sexual Violence

Problems and Possibilities

Leading experts explore current strategies and thinking in relation to prevention of sexual violence in this timely collection

With psychological, sociological and legal perspectives, it addresses longstanding and contemporary themes including sexual harassment and working with offenders, and maps new approaches to practice and prevention.

Bristol Uni Press