‘Titan’ prisons: do size, efficiency and legitimacy matter?

Alison Liebling

in Tackling prison overcrowding

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9781847421104
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303657 | DOI:
‘Titan’ prisons: do size, efficiency and legitimacy matter?

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This chapter examines the moral performance of prisons. It focuses specifically on the proposed creation of Titan prisons, which are argued to be unhealthy and damaging institutions. Within a comparative paradigm, the chapter insists that smaller establishments are, compared to Titans, more humane and personal. In the chapter, four relevant issues are considered. First, the chapter reviews some of the dilemmas faced by contemporary prisons and the extent to which the case exists for new-build establishments. Second, the question of prison size and its implications on prison life are considered. Third, some of the missing problems that were not acknowledged in the Carter Report are considered. And finally, the chapter provides a summary of some of the thoughts on the Carter Report and its approach to the problems of the Prison Service.

Keywords: prison performance; Titan prisons; prisons; prison size; prison life; missing problems; Carter Report; Prison Service

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