Nov. 21, 2010
Prisons have come a long way since the 1700’s to 1800’s. England housed there prisoners in which it ranged from anyone being that from debtors, delinquent juveniles, minor misdemeanants and felons. The prisons were mostly dark, overcrowded and covered with filth. All types of prisoners were gathered together as animals and brought together with no separation of men, women or the children. The poor conditions were described in detail by Charles Dickens, in his book “Great Expectations”. He describes the prison from his own experience in prison as a child because of debt.
Prisons were reformed in the early 1860’s the housing conditions became a lot better, education and books was offered to the inmates as well as jobs and education. As the prison began to reconstruct in the 1800’s, most of the prison systems in England were properly fed, they received exercise daily, everyone was able to take a bath, receive education, there cell was sufficiently bedded, books were available for education in the prison library. Even though these prisoners were convicted it seemed that they was not too harsh on punishing there inmates than that of the American prison system.
Prisons today range from minimum security prisons and juveniles halls, to maximum
security prisons as well as... [continues]
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