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21st edition of the Definitive Annual Guide to the Prison System of England & Wales
The Prison Oracle:
A website like The Prison Oracle, with everything about prisons all in one place, has long been needed and I am delighted it has finally arrived – I have subscribed to it and it’s such an excellent collection of information, data and reports, useful for practitioners, justice professionals or anyone with an interest in justice issues or reform, that I have no hesitation in recommending The Prison Oracle to all my Correctional Services colleagues.
An additional advantage is the simple access to reports that have played their role in shaping the modern Prison Service – such as Woodcock, Woolf, Learmont and May.
At 1,600 pages The Prisons Handbook 2019 is our largest and most comprehensive edition ever and, for the first time, it’s now fully updateable online too!
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