History Books

May, Trevor: Victorian and Edwardian Prisons (15295)

Shire 1st 2006
large 8vo stapled paperback 40pp F 105 gms
(Order reference 15295)

Although they have existed in Britain for over a thousand years, it was not until the nineteenth century that prisons became the cornerstone of the penal system. This was a period when great interest was shown in penal theory, and rival systems fought for supremacy. More than fifteen million receptions into prison were made between 1837 and 1901, the vast majority into small, local prisons. This book looks at the development of prison.