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Leadership and management in the criminal justice system: an exploration of the management of change in a ‘failing prison’

John Podmore (HMP Brixton, London, UK)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

Brixton Prison has had a long and chequered history, and became famous for all the wrong reasons: branded as a racist institution, criticised for its appalling record on health care and eschewed by the private sector. This article sets out how the author, as newly appointed Governor, turned theories of leadership and management in the criminal justice system into practice. Three key components of the institution ‐ prisoners, staff and ‘business’ ‐ are described, and the problems in maintaining an effective balance discussed.

Citation

Podmore, J. (2004), "Leadership and management in the criminal justice system: an exploration of the management of change in a ‘failing prison’", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 30-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636646200400017

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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