December 5, 2018

Revisiting Borstal: Youth, Crime and Penality, c. 1902-1982

12.30 – 13.30

With Professor Heather Shore (Leeds Beckett University).

Over-represented in prisons and with high re-offending rates, young adult prisoners (17-21 years old) have long been perceived as a problem for both society and government. Television programmes such as Bring Back Borstal (ITV, 2015) and proposals in 2016 for secure colleges for younger offenders hark back to the main principles of the borstal system. This talk will introduce a history project which is starting to untangle the evolution of the borstal system, and the experiences of borstal youths.

This event is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series organised by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. Visit the University’s website for more information about the series.

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