• True crime

      Hell's Belles

      Prostitution, Vice, and Crime in Early Denver, With a Biography of Sam Howe, Frontier Lawman

      by Clark Secrest

      This newly updated and revised edition of HELL'S BELLES takes the reader on a soundly researched, well-documented, and amusing journey back to the early days of Denver. Clark Secrest details the evolution of Denver's prostitution, the gambling, the drug addicts, and the corrupt politicians and police who, palms outstretched, allowed it all to happen. Also included in HELL'S BELLES is a biography of one of Denver's original police officers, Sam Howe, upon whose crime studies the book is based. The popular veneer of Denver's present-day Market Street -- its fancy bars, posh restaurants, and Coors Field -- is stripped away to reveal the street's former incarnation: a mecca of loose morals entrenched in prostitution, liquor, and money. Hell's Belles examines the neglected topics of vice and crime in Denver and utilises a unique and invaluable historic source -- the scrapbooks of Detective Sam Howe.

    • True crime

      Lynching in Colorado, 1859-1919

      by Stephen J Leonard

      In this examination of more than 175 lynchings, Stephen J Leonard illustrates the role economics, migration, race, and gender played in the shaping of justice and injustice in Colorado. One of the first comprehensive studies of the phenomenon in a Western state, LYNCHING IN COLORADO provides an essential complement to recent studies of Southern lynchings, demonstrating that at times the land of purple mountain's majesty was just as lynching-prone as was the land of Dixie. Written for general fans of Western history as well as scholars of American culture, LYNCHING IN COLORADO shows Westerners at their worst and their best as they struggled to define law and order.

    • The Arts

      Hell Unlimited

      Where Shakespeare Met Goethe

      by Joanne Maria McNally

      In short, incisive scenes this novella explores the role of theatre, film, dreams and nightmares in and beyond life in a situation of sadistic imprisonment, and explores the way the inevitable and dramatic unfolding of their oppressors’ horrific plans impact upon the lives of three individuals (who are also artists) and their friendship. The novella has a contemporary feel due to the framing of it in the present and in the form of a talk to an audience. It opens with the main character, an elderly famous actor known only as Carl, reciting Shakespeare to the walls of a dilapidated barrack. His much younger friend, an acclaimed photographer and cameraman known only as Carl’s friend, and a new arrival to the camp, breaks the illusion of Carl’s apparent spell of madness with ‘his rescue’ of Carl by reciting some lines from Carl’s earlier portrayal of Goethe’s Mephistopheles on the stages in Prague, and by reminding him of their shared friendship and companionship before the terror was unleashed. Simultaneously, the backdrop of evil, and Faust’s pact with the devil is brought immediately into sharp focus, and is omnipresent in various forms throughout as the protagonists struggle with their sense of theatre and reality before and since life in the camp and their own use of illusion, illicit theatrical performances and dreams as a self-preservation strategy during their imprisonment. Lines from Shakespeare and Goethe’s ‘Faust’ are interspersed with the characters’ own reflections and interactions and lift the characters to a higher plain, and beyond the immediate brutal circumstances and oppression. The slow-moving opening gives way to an ever-increasing momentum as external circumstances plunge the two main protagonists into situations which force them to the edge of humanity. The work sounds very interesting indeed Patrick Spottiswode, Director, Globe Education The novella also exists as a play (updated by the author between 2011- 2013).

    • Prisons

      Drug Treatment in Prison

      An Evaluation of the RAPt Treatment Programme

      by Carol Martin (Author), Elaine Player (Author)

      This text provides the findings of a two-year study into the effectiveness of the RAPt treatment programme which enables male prisoners with self-confessed misuse to lead a drug- and alcohol-free life in prison and in the community after release.

    • Crime & criminology

      Children Who Kill

      An Examination of the Treatment of Juveniles Who Kill in Different European Countries

      by Paul Cavadino (Author)

      From the tragic Mary Bell and Jamie Bulger murder cases to events world-wide, this book provides an analysis of what is a global, not just a 1st phenomenon. It includes a chapter which reviews the position in Canada.

    • Prisons

      Introduction to Prisons and Imprisonment

      by Nick Flynn (Author)

      Published in association with the Prison Reform Trust, and one of a series on criminal justice and the penal system, this book covers the History of imprisonment in England and Wales, prison conditions, the prison population, and regimes from reception to discharge.

    • Juvenile offenders

      Growing Out of Crime

      The New Era

      by Andrew Rutherford (Author)

      Explores juvenile offenders within the criminal justice climate and amongst changes in the way young people are dealt with by courts, police and youth offending teams. This book includes arguments about managing offending behaviour.

    • Prisons

      Murderers and Life Imprisonment

      Containment, Treatment, Safety and Risk

      by Eric Cullen (Author), Tim Newell (Author)

      Provides an examination of 'Who Are the Lifers?' (including a 1st/USA comparison). This book covers topics such as: 'The Structure of a Life Sentence', 'The Psychology of the Murderer', 'Containment and Treatment', 'Discretionary Lifer Panels' and a range of ethical and human rights issues.

    • Prisons

      Invisible Women

      What's Wrong With Women's Prisons?

      by Angela Devlin (Author)

      Recreates the realities of prison life for a woman at the end of the twentieth century, as conditions worsen with overcrowding, staff shortages and expenditure cuts. This book describes the over-use of medication as a means of control; the plight of ethnic minority women, and the self-mutilation and suicide attempts of female prisoners.

    • Prisons

      Prisons and the Voluntary Sector

      A Bridge into the Community

      by Shane Bryans (Editor), Roma Walker (Editor)

      From 2002 there has been a major initiative to engage the voluntary sector and wider community in the work of prisons. This work edited by three experts and containing contributions by a range of informed commentators seeks to enable both parties to understand what is involved.

    • Prisons

      Grendon Tales

      Stories from a Therapeutic Community

      by Ursula Smartt (Author)

      Grendon Prison with its 'Therapuetic Communities' of high security 'residents' has remained noted among Britain's prisons. The author was given access to interview residents and prison staff. At times she found the experience overwhelming, but it is her style which allowed her to write about matters which might otherwise prove raw and distressing.

    • Prisons

      Cell Mates/Soul Mates

      Stories of Prison Relationships

      by Angela Devlin (Author)

      This title is based on extensive research by the author into a largely neglected aspect of imprisonment: the development of intimate relationships by "inside" and "outside" partners despite the physical and formal barriers.

    • Crime & criminology

      Criminal Classes

      Offenders at School

      by Angela Devlin (Author)

      This work examines the links between educational failure and future offending behaviour. It contains the stories of inmates' schooldays told in their own words as they try to answer the question "could anything have been done to prevent you being in custody now?"

    • Penology & punishment

      Hanging in the Balance

      A History of the Abolition of Capital Punishment in Britain

      by Brian P. Block (Author), John Hostettler (Author)

      "Hanging in the Balance" traces the History of capital punishment in the United Kingdom from ancient times to the modern day - through periods of reform until hanging for murder was finally abolished by Parliament in 1969. It describes in detail the Parliamentary and public debates, and notes the stance taken by organizations and individuals (including the tenacious and persistent Sydney Silverman MP). The book collates data and references not previously brought together in one place-and in exploring the underlying issues and the recurring arguments about deterrence, retribution and expediency it provides an invaluable resource vis-a-vis the same debate in the many countries where capital punishment still exists.Lord Callaghan was home secretary at the time of abolition. His 'Foreword' conveys how strong his personal feelings were concerning the death penalty from the time he entered Parliament in 1945. The book's closing chapters record how his insistence that abolition should become permanent ultimately overcame the still considerable opposition. Capital punishment was finally abolished in 1999 throughout the UK. For all practical purposes this had already happened in 1969 when the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 was made fully effective into following a trial period.

    • Rehabilitation of offenders

      I'm Still Standing

      by Bob Turney (Author)

      Bob Turney gave up crime to study for a degree at Reading University and was rehabilitating himself by way of voluntary work. Three years on, Bob is a probation officer working in a Youth Justice Team. This book charts his progress from down-and-out 'ex-con' to a respected citizen in his life story up until 1997.

    • Offenders

      Geese Theatre Handbook

      Drama with Offenders and People at Risk

      by Clarke Baim (Author), Sally Brookes (Author)

      Geese Theatre 1st was formed in 1987 and is renowned across the criminal justice field. This book explains the thinking behind the company's approach to applied drama with offenders and people at risk of offending, including young people. It also contains over 100 exercises with explanations, instructions and suggestions to help practitioners.

    • Probation services

      Introduction to the Probation Service

      by Dick Whitfield (Author)

      Based on a work of the same title by Anthony Osler which was published in 1995, this rewritten edition offers a non-technical account of the probation service, its History, and its modern-day role.

    • Offenders


      by Bob Turney (Author)

      Tells of how the author went from being wanted by the police and criminal underworld to being wanted for himself. This is a story of his journey from prisoner to upstanding citizen, husband, father, probation officer, author and broadcaster - told with insight and deep concern for victims of crime in particular.

    • Penology & punishment

      In Place of Rage and Violence

      Poems and Stories from Welford Road

      by Tim Reeves (Author)

      A collection of the thoughts, experiences and feelings of prisoners at Welford Road.

    • Offenders

      Restoring Respect for Justice

      A Symposium

      by Martin Wright (Author)

      Challenges many 'sacred cows' of crime and punishment by focusing on the effect on the people who suffer directly, the victims. This book points to the dangers of a punitive mindset and reflects on the arguments and data in favour of an effective, inclusionary, community-based response to crime.

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