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In 1777 John Howard, the father of penal reform, wrote The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, with Preliminary Observations and an Account of some Foreign Prisons . It was an innovative and powerful book which was to inspire a determined campaign to improve the conditions in Europe's jails - a campaign which continues today. But what is the present state of the prisons, two centuries after Howard's death? How does Britain compare with the rest of Europe, and Europe with the Third World? In the spirit of Howard himself, and to commemorate his achievement, The Howard League for Penal Reform has compiled this extraordinary document. The State of the Prisons - 200 Years On brings together observations of prisons from Sweden to South Africa, and from India to Nicaragua. The writers are drawn from a wide range of academics and practitioners within the criminal justice sphere, and the result is a highly readable, valuable resource which includes unique insights into previously undocumented prison regimes.
Release date NZ
March 7th, 1991
Edited by Richard Whitfield
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