The latest issue of the Prison Service Journal offers historical perspectives on prison and criminal justice issues nationally and locally, with a range of articles focusing on aspects of imprisonment reaching from penal reform to prison financing systems.

  • Allan Brodie analyses English prison planning predominantly between 1780 and 1850, which was a period when prisons were becoming more centralised.
  • Rhiannon Pickin makes up for the historical deficit of studies on suicides in prison by examining suicide in York Castle gaol between 1824 to 1836.
  • Regimes to rehabilitate women in prison, whether in the 19th century or now, serve broader interests than women’s empowerment, according to Helen Elfleet in an article examining gender specific reformist regimes.

Read the latest edition of the Prison Service Journal.

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This is Kate Freke circa 1882. Born in 1863 she was the sister of Alfred Freke photographer of 253 Bute Street in Cardiff. Kate may well have developed this picture herself as she worked as photographers assistant in the studio for over 30 years. She married in 1916 & died 1939.

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‘The weakness of the dangerous classes’: attitudes to poverty are at the heart of my teaching this term http://thepolicemagistrate.blog/2021/01/09/the-weakness-of-the-dangerous-classes-attitudes-to-poverty-are-at-the-heart-of-my-teaching-this-term/

Postcards from Ferris & Company, Druggists 💊 sent to Frederick Hurst Craddock, Medical Superintendent of the Gloucester County Asylum regarding orders ~ 1890 and 1891.

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Irish government to apologise over mother-and-baby homes https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55622548

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Great to see this published and in good company - the other articles sound fascinating https://twitter.com/history_law/status/1346133769368072192