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A History of English Prison Administration

1st Edition

By Sean Mcconville


552 pages

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This title, first published in 1981, draws from an extensive range of national and local material, and examines how innovations in policy and administration, while solving problems or setting new objectives, frequently created or disclosed fresh difficulties, and brought different types of people into the administration and management of prisons, whose interests, values and expectations in turn often had significant effects upon penal ideas and their practical applications. Special attention has been paid to the study of recruitment, the work and influence of gaolers, keepers, governors, and highly administrative officials. This comprehensive book will be of interest to students of criminology and history.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. Imprisonment prior to the eighteenth century: the gaols 2. Imprisonment prior to the eighteenth century: the houses of correction 3. Prisons in the eighteenth century 4. The new prisons 5. The idea of a national penitentiary 6. The penitentiary realised 7. Central government prisons, 1835-50 8. Local prisons 1800-50: policies and conditions 9. Governor’s duties and working conditions, 1800-50 10. The recruitment of governors, 1800-50 11. The local prisons, 1850-77 12. The convict service, 1850-77: policy and regime 13. The convict service, 1850-77: administrating and staffing; Epilogue: The takeover of the local prisons; Bibliography; Index

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About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The History of Crime and Punishment

This set reissues ten books that explore the history of crime and punishment. The titles, which were originally published between 1970 and 1988, examine many different aspects of historical criminology over a span of over 400 years, with particular focus on the nineteenth-century. This set will be of particular interest to students of both history and criminology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Social History