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Grendon Tales by Ursula Smartt

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Waterside Press, 2001, paperback
Very good condition

For anyone trying to understand what drives some people to commit serious, heinous and sometimes unspeakable crimes and what is achievable through therapy - the first-hand tales in this book merit close study. For over forty years Grendon Prison with its Therapuetic Communities of high security residents has remained unique among Britain s prisons. In 2000 researcher Ursula Smartt was given extensive access to interview residents and prison staff governors, prison officers, therapists and probation officers and to observe their day-to-day routines. The result is Grendon Tales, a perceptive, insightful and at times shocking account of life inside a unique and world famous establishment. Grendon houses many dangerous, disturbed and disruptive criminals (ranging from armed robbers to paedophiles, to rapists and murderers). For many of them, it is the last chance saloon a final opportunity to alter their thinking patterns and behaviour and maybe to convince the authorities that their security category should be downgraded with a view to future safe release back into the community. Even now, the approach remains unique - as can be seen from comparisons with Europe and a new therapeutic regime due to start in 2001 at Britain s newest privately managed prison, HMP Dovegate. At times the author found the experience overwhelming, but ultimately it is her captivating style, eye for detail and sensitivity to victims of crime which allow her to avoid the sensational and to write powerfully about matters which might otherwise prove too raw and distressing. An academic Silence of the Lambs

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Author(s):
Smartt, Ursula
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
Waterside Press

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Waterside Press, 2001, paperback
Very good condition

For anyone trying to understand what drives some people to commit serious, heinous and sometimes unspeakable crimes and what is achievable through therapy - the first-hand tales in this book merit close study. For over forty years Grendon Prison with its Therapuetic Communities of high security residents has remained unique among Britain s prisons. In 2000 researcher Ursula Smartt was given extensive access to interview residents and prison staff governors, prison officers, therapists and probation officers and to observe their day-to-day routines. The result is Grendon Tales, a perceptive, insightful and at times shocking account of life inside a unique and world famous establishment. Grendon houses many dangerous, disturbed and disruptive criminals (ranging from armed robbers to paedophiles, to rapists and murderers). For many of them, it is the last chance saloon a final opportunity to alter their thinking patterns and behaviour and maybe to convince the authorities that their security category should be downgraded with a view to future safe release back into the community. Even now, the approach remains unique - as can be seen from comparisons with Europe and a new therapeutic regime due to start in 2001 at Britain s newest privately managed prison, HMP Dovegate. At times the author found the experience overwhelming, but ultimately it is her captivating style, eye for detail and sensitivity to victims of crime which allow her to avoid the sensational and to write powerfully about matters which might otherwise prove too raw and distressing. An academic Silence of the Lambs

Author(s):
Smartt, Ursula
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
Waterside Press

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