Titan prisons: are they really the answer to prison overcrowding?

Maclean, Zara (2009) Titan prisons: are they really the answer to prison overcrowding? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study was undertaken to analyse the suitability and effectiveness of constructing three regional technologically advanced Titan prisons, each holding 2,500 offenders, to solve the current prison overcrowding crisis in England and Wales. The British Government has no experience of super prisons and its decision to build three based on economy, control and convenience could prove to be a highly controversial and expensive solution. Particularly when Fleury-Mérogis, the only super prison currently in Europe, is considered a failure by the French for reasons of man management and control. Semi-structured interviews were used to generate data from representatives of the criminal justice system, non-governmental organisations and the prison and police services. The information obtained from the respondents established the primary causes of crime as drug and alcohol abuse, recidivism and poor parenting. Poor planning based on inconsistent and unreliable data for the erratic expansion of the prison estate and the politicisation of the penal system causing harsher sentencing were identified as drivers behind the overcrowding crisis. Data gathered revealed the increasing numbers of offenders receiving short sentences or custodial remand as behind the rising prison population when crime had been falling. It was found that overcrowding impacted on the prison system, offenders’ mental and physical health, and recidivism.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/972

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