November 9, 2021

Celebrating the Centenary of the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Howard Journal

Recently published special Centenary Issue of the Howard Journal of Crime & Justice (edited by Clare Anderson, Jess Kebbell & Steven King) looks back on the first issue of the journal published in October 2021 and invited range of authors to reflect upon historical and contemporary concerns in criminal justice and the penal system. Fascinating range of open or free to access articles from a range of academics and practitioners which might be of interest to our readers:

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    Volume 60, Issue S1

    Special Issue: Celebrating the Centenary of the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Howard Journal

    Including forward by Frances Crook and articles on Preventive Detention by Rachel Bennett;

  • Revisiting ‘America’s Penal Experiments’ 100 Years Later by Ashley Rubin
  • ‘Prisons and the Public’ by Margaret Bondfield, JP by Richard Sparks
  • ‘Fitted both Morally and Physically to Fulfil his Proper Duties in the Battle of Life’? – The Effectiveness or Otherwise of Penal Servitude and Imprisonment 1853–2021 by David J. Cox
  • The Prison Population by Victor Bailey
  • Suicides of Boy Prisoners; The Portland Borstal Institution; The Delinquent Child After the War by Heather Shore
  • Political Prisoners and the Irish Conflict 100 Years On by Anna Bryson, Kieran McEvoy & Allely Albert
  • One Hundred Years On: Have Prisons Switched from Deterrence to Reform? by Madhurima Dhanka
  • Corrupting and Saving: Moral Contamination, Prison Education and Prison History by Helen Johnston
  • The Magistrates Association – A Century On by Jon Collins

You can watch the 100 years of the Howard Journal online event, held in mid October on youtube via this link 100 years of the Howard Journal: Lessons for contemporary penal policy – YouTube

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Here we have a Royal Naval clerk, with a wonderful piece of nautical time wasting from 1815, which appears in the ship's musters for HMS Grasshopper...

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