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Introduction.- 1. The Origins and Meanings of Punishment.- 2. The Purposes and effects of Punishment.- 3. Retribution.- 4. Deterrence.- 5. Rehabilitation and Desistance.- 6. Incapacitation and Risk.- 7. Restorative Justice.- 8. The Limits and Perils of Punishment.- 9. Rethinking Punishment.

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Rob Canton is Professor in Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University, UK. He has worked extensively with the Council of Europe and the EU to develop penal practices in several countries and contributed to framing the European Probation Rules and the European Rules on Community Sanctions and Measures. He also acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee during their inquiry into the role of the probation service.


"Canton's work is always superbly structured and written in an accessible but engaging style that belies the depth of the material and the sophistication of the arguments ... . a book for the student new to the study of criminology, the social sciences, and philosophy, and it is also a book for the seasoned practitioner, manager, and leader, as well as experienced academics; but most of all it should be read by politicians, their policy shapers and special advisors." (Steve Collett, Probation Journal, Vol. 64 (3), 2017)

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