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The State of the Prisons - 200 Years On

1st Edition

Edited by Richard Whitfield


208 pages

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In 1777 John Howard wrote The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, with Preliminary Observations and an Account of Some Foreign Prisons. Two centuries later, this extraordinary document commemorates his achievements in campaigning for reform.

In the spirit of Howard himself, the Howard League for Penal Reform have compiled detailed observations of prisons from Sweden to South Africa, and from India to Nicaragua. The result is a valuable resource which includes unique insights into previously undocumented prison regimes.


' a fascinating account of comparative methods of inmate management.' - New Statesman

'… a highly readable book which provides a unique insight into previously undocumented prison regimes.' - Criminal Justice

`Written in the best John Howard tradition, that is to say with objectivity, balance and factual accuracy, the essays offer valuable and readable accounts of previously undocumented prison regimes.' - Times Educational Supplement

Also: British Society of Criminology Newsletter, NASPO News (+)

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General