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15 How. J. Penology & Crime Prevention [iii] (1976-1977)

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                             Editorial







   The Howard   Journal has a new  frequency, a new  publisher, and a new
look.
   There has always been a difficulty with the annual periodical. It is not fair
to authors to ask them to wait a full year if space prevents immediate publi-
cation; so each year one  starts from scratch in the search for good copy.
Meanwhile  authors do not automatically think of the annual periodical as an
outlet when they  are considering where to place their latest piece. To obviate
these difficulties, the Howard Journal will now appear thrice yearly.
   This may  seem  a bold gesture in the present economic climate, but we
firmly belive it is justified. Despite the difficulties of annual publication, the
Howard  Journal  has over the years maintained a consistently high standard
of content. Moreover, if we leave aside the 'house journals' (such as Probation
and  the Prison Service Journal), there is no British journal other than the
Howard  Journal which  is exclusively devoted to penal and other social policy
relating to crime; but if ever a journal were needed dealing with penal policy
in a sophisticated yet clear manner, that time is now. As we argue more fully
below,  these are critical days in the evolution of penal ideas and penal
Oolicy.
   But these are also days when (for complex reasons to do with both theor-
etical developments in criminology and an accumulation of negative research
results in penology)  penal reformers, practitioners, and academics find it
harder  to communicate   than they did a decade  or two ago. The  Howard
Journal is for penal reformers, practitioners and academics, and it is an im-
portant part of our task to ensure that real communication  between them
occurs  through our pages. We  hope that members   of all three groups will
contribute to the journal, and we hope also that they will write to tell us if
we  do not adequately reflect their particular interests in our current content.
Any  journal is only of value if it reaches the right people and contains worth-
while material: we depend on  our readers and contributors. We hope that all
will help us to make  a real success of our new frequency and new format.
   A  journal without a publisher is also an impossibility. We welcome our
new  alliance with Barry Rose Publishers Ltd., of Chichester and trust that
this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration.

The  ferment in penology and penal policy
   Despite their very different content, there is an important unity of theme
in the  contributions to our first 'new-look' issue. Earlier in the post-war
period advanced  penal opinion favoured individualised sentencing, the devel-
opment   of  sophisticated therapeutic regimes in prisons and borstals, the

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