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The Good Prison: conscience, crime and punishment

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The Good Prison: conscience, crime and punishment

Helping prisoners to manage themselves, get their lives sorted and move on from crime.

The Good Prison sets an agenda for radical change in the philosophy and practice of penal justice and prison management. Drawing on many examples from his research of innovative activities in prisons (including those of the Koestler Trust) Gerard Lemos argues that conscience formed by family relationships and reinforced through community life is crucial. Prisoners need to become good partners, parents and citizens. Above all, prison must change how offenders see themselves.

“It is exhilarating to find Gerard Lemos bringing the full range of human attributes 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 are surprising but surprisingly practical. This is an exciting and very impressive book.” TIM ROBERTSON, former Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust

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The Good Prison: conscience, crime and punishment

Helping prisoners to manage themselves, get their lives sorted and move on from crime.

The Good Prison sets an agenda for radical change in the philosophy and practice of penal justice and prison management. Drawing on many examples from his research of innovative activities in prisons (including those of the Koestler Trust) Gerard Lemos argues that conscience formed by family relationships and reinforced through community life is crucial. Prisoners need to become good partners, parents and citizens. Above all, prison must change how offenders see themselves.

“It is exhilarating to find Gerard Lemos bringing the full range of human attributes 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 are surprising but surprisingly practical. This is an exciting and very impressive book.” TIM ROBERTSON, former Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust

“The Good Prison is a well-researched book with a strong message.” RACHEL BILLINGTON OBE, Associate Editor ‘Inside Time’ the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees

“Particularly fascinating…Lemos focuses on some big questions in a very approachable way. I hope the book was on the holiday reading of key policy makers and politicians. It made me think…and hope.” NICOLA PADFIELD, , Professor of Criminal and Penal Justice in the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

“This thoughtful and sensitive book recognizes the challenges and difficulties but the book’s concept of a Conscience Compact is worthy of serious consideration and wide debate.” BARONESS USHA PRASHAR CBE PC, former Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales

Paperback:250 pages
ISBN: 978-1-898001-75-1
Published in 2014 by Lemos&Crane and distributed by the Koestler Trust