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September 24, 2015

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From The Enlightenment to Mountains, discover the six newest titles added online ...

September 1, 2015

Austerity and the prison

Julian V. Roberts, author of Criminal Justice: A Very Short Introduction, looks at how punishing offenders in ways other than prison can cut costs and re-offending rates ...

August 27, 2015

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