Iven the rate of recidivism of former prisoners, is it possible to justify an over-rising prison population?

Assessment will be via a 3,000 word essay which will allow the students to demonstrate their understanding and evaluation of the relevance of theories of punishment and their application within prisons or policing.
Please have regard to the following topics wherever possible:
History
The Idea of  Crisis
Can prison rehabilitate?
HMP Grendon: A therapeutic community
Offender Profiling
Paedophiles
Serial Killers
PLEASE ENSURE THAT MY PAPER IS WRITTEN BY AN ENGLISH (NOT AMERICAN) WRITER.
David Wilson Wednesday February 15 2006 an article in The Guardian: Locked in the past. The common sense view is that prisons work. But the evidence suggests they are failed, outdated and costly. Is it time to abolish them?
R Hopkins Burke (2001), An Introduction to Criminological Theory, Cullumpton: Willan.
M Cavadini, J Dignan (1997), The Penal System: An Introduction, London; Sage.
D, Wilson (2001), What Everyone in Britain Should Know About Crime and Punishment, Oxford: OUP.