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  • Bottoms, A. E. (1990) "The Aims of Imprisonment" in Garland, D., ed., Justice, Guilt and Forgiveness in the Penal System. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology and Public Issues.
  • Bukstel, L. H. & Kilmann, P. (1980) "Psychological effects of Imprisonment on Confined Individuals", Psychological Bulletin, 88, 469-493.
  • Carlen, P. (1994) Sledgehammer: Women’s Imprisonment at the Millennium. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • Carmody, P. & McEvoy, M. (1996) A Study of Irish Female Prisoners. Dublin: Stationery Office
  • Carrabine, E. (2000) "Discourse, Governmentality and Translation: Towards a Social Theory of Imprisonment ", Theoretical Criminology, 4/3, 309-331
  • Centre for Social and Educational Research (2002) Parents, Children and Prison: Effects of Parental Imprisonment on Children. Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Connell, B. and Sheehan, B. (2004) Probation and Welfare Service and Homeless Persons Unit (ERHA) Joint Report on the Homeless Persons Unit Pilot Inreach Service to Mountjoy Prison 2003. Dublin: Probation and Welfare Service & Homeless Persons Unit.
  • Council of Europe. (2003) Recommendation Rec(2003)22 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on conditional release (parole).
  • Department of Justice (1994) Management of Offenders; a Five Year Plan, Dublin: Stationery Office
  • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. (2007) Report to the Government of Ireland on the visit to Ireland carried out by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Strasbourg: CPT. (PDF, 503 KB)
  • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. (2007) Response of the Government of Ireland to the Report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on its visit to Ireland. Strasbourg: CPT. (PDF, 372 KB)
  • Eurostat (2007) Comparison: General Trends in Prison Population. Eurostat - The Statistical Office of the European Communities.
  • Expert Group on the Prison Service (1997) Towards an Independent Prisons Agency: Report of Expert Group. Dublin: The Stationery Office
  • Foucault, M. (1979) Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Hammondsworth: Penguin
  • Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention. Reports available at
  • Ireland Joint Committee on Justice, Equality. (2000) Report of the Sub-committee on Crime and Punishment of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Women's Rights on alternatives to fines and the uses of prison. Dublin: stationery Office.
  • Irish Penal Reform Trust (2007) The Whitaker Committee Report 20 Years On: Lessons Learned or Lessons Forgotten? Dublin: Irish Penal Reform Trust.
  • Irwin, J. & Cressey, D. (1962) "Thieves, Convicts and the Inmate Culture", Social Problems, 10/92, 145-155
  • Jacobs, J. (1974) "Street Gangs Behind Bars", Social Problems, 21, 395-409
  • Kimmett, E. & O'Donnell, I. (1998) "Assault in Prison. The Victims' Contribution", British Journal of Criminology, 38/4
  • Kruttchint, C., Gartner, R. & Miller, A. (2000) "Doing her own Time? Women’s Responses to Prison in the Context of the Old and New Penology", Criminology, 38/3, 301-337
  • Lawlor, P. & McDonald, E. (2001) Story of a Success: Irish Prisons CONNECT Project, 1998 -2000. Dublin: The Stationery Office
  • Levitt, S.D. (1996) "The Effect of Prison Population Size on Crime Rates: Evidence from Prison Overcrowding Legislation" Quarterly Journal of Economics, 111(2), 319-351.
  • Liebling, A. (1999) "Prisoner Suicide and Prison Coping", in Tonry, M. & Petersilia, J., ed.s, Prisons, Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • Liebling, A. & Price, D. (2001) The Prison Officer. Winchester: Waterside Press
  • Liebling, A. & Maruna, S. (2005) The Effects of Imprisonment. Cullompton: Willan.
  • Lines, R., Jurgens, J., Betteridge, G., Stover, H., Lativecevsci, D. & Nelles, J. (2004) Prison Needle Exchange: Lessons From a Comprehensive Review of International Evidence and Experience. Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Mason, B. (2006) "An Encouraging Example: A Study of 21st Century Female Incarceration in Ireland", Administration, 54,31
  • May, J. (1979) Committee of Inquiry into the United Kingdom Prison Services Report, London: Stationery Office
  • McCullagh, C. (1992) "Unemployment and Imprisonment: Examining and Interpreting the Relationship in the Republic of Ireland" Irish Journal of Sociology, 2, 1-19.
  • McCullagh, C., (2002) "The Social Analysis of the Irish Prison Service" in O’Mahony, P., ed., Criminal Justice in Ireland, 595. Dublin, Institute of Public Administration
  • McDermott, P. (2000) Prison Law. Dublin: Round Hall Sweet & Maxwell.
  • Morgan, M. & Kett, M. (2003) The Prison Adult Literacy Survey: Results and Implications. Dublin: The Irish Prison Service
  • Morgan, R. (1997) "Imprisonment" in Maguire, M., Morgan, R. & Reiner, R., ed.s, The Oxford Handbook Of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • National Economic and Social Forum (2002). Re-Integration of Prisoners:
    Forum Report No. 22
    . Dublin, National Economic and Social Forum.
  • Nexus Research Co-operative (2002) Imprisonment for Fine Default and Civil Debt. Dublin: The Stationery Office
  • O'Donnell, I. (1998) "Challenging the Punitive Obsession" Irish Criminal Law Journal, 8, 51-56.
  • O'Donnell, I. (2000) "A Comment on Sentencing" Irish Criminal Law Journal, 10/4, 2-3.
  • O'Donnell, I. (2001) "Prison Matters" Irish Jurist, 36, 154-173.
  • O'Donnell, I. (2002) "Interpreting Crime Trends" Irish Criminal Law Journal, 12/1, 10-16.
  • O’Donnell, I. (2002) "The Re-Integration of Prisoners", Administration, 80
  • O’Donnell, I. (2004) "Imprisonment and Penal Policy in Ireland". Howard
    Vol. 43, No.3, pp 253-266.
  • O'Donnell, I. (2007) "When Prisoners go Home: Punishment, Social Deprivation and the Geography of Reintegration" Irish Criminal Law Journal, 17/4, 3-9.
  • O'Donnell, I., Baumer, E., & Hughes, N. (2008) "Recidivism in the Republic of Ireland", Criminology and Criminal Justice, 8/2, 123-146.
  • O'Mahony, P. (1997) Mountjoy Prisoners: A Sociological and Criminological Profile. Dublin: The Stationery Office
  • O’ Mahony, P. (2000) Prison Policy in Ireland. Criminal Justice Versus Social Justice. Cork: Cork University Press
  • Prison Education Literacy Working Group (2002) Guidelines for Quality Literacy Work in Prisons. Dublin: Prison Education Service
  • Quinlan, C. (2003) "The Women We Imprison", Irish Criminal Law Journal, 2
  • Sparks, R. (1994) "Can Prisons be Legitimate? Penal Politics, Privatisation and the Timeliness of an Old Idea", British Journal of Criminology
  • Sparks, J. R. & Bottoms, A. E. (1995), "Legitimacy and Order in Prison", British Journal of Sociology, 46/1, 45-62
  • Sparks, J. R., Bottoms, A. E. & Hay, W. (1996) Prisons and the Problem of Order. Oxford: Clarendon
  • Sykes, G. (1995) "The Structural-Functioning Perspective on Imprisonment" in Blomberg, T. & Cohen, S., ed.s, Punishment and Social Control: Essays in Honour of Sheldon L. Messinger. New York: Aldine de Gruyter
  • Sykes, G. (1956) "Men, Merchants and Toughs: a Study of Reactions to Imprisonment", Social Problems, 4, 130-138
  • Whittaker, T. K. (1985) Report of the Committee of Inquiry Into the Penal System. Dublin: Stationery Office
  • Woolf, L. J. (1991) Prison Disturbances April 1990, Report of an Inquiry, London: Stationery Office
  • Vaughan, B (2001). Towards a model penal system.  Irish Penal Reform Trust, Dublin.
  • Wacquant, L. (1990) "The New ‘Peculiar Institution’: On the Prison as a Surrogate Ghetto", Theoretical Criminology, 4/3, 377-390
  • Zedner, L. & Ashworth, A. (2003) The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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