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 The work of Elizabeth Fry and Joseph Gurney

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Extracts from Prisons in Scotland and the North of England by Fry and Gurney. Click to enlarge.

Extracts from Prisons in Scotland and the North of England by Fry and Gurney. Click to enlarge.

Extracts from Prisons in Scotland and the North of England by Fry and Gurney. Click to enlarge.

Extracts from Prisons in Scotland and the North of England, by Elizabeth Fry and Joseph Gurney, 1818. (DUL ref: Routh 64. C.25)

 

Fry and Gurney also used their tract to lay down some of their views about Crime and Punishment. This source (an enlarged version and transcript are available) uses extracts from the book to consider how it fits with their belief in prison reform.

1. According to Fry and Gurney, what do most people think the purpose of 'penal provisions' is?

2. Do they agree with this view? (Do you?) Why?

3. What do Fry and Gurney think the purpose of 'punishment' should be?

4. The authors think that punishment can be used to prevent crime in two ways. What are these?

5. How does this tie in with their thoughts on how to reform prisons? (Think about the improvement they wanted to see in the new Durham gaol.)

Finished? Why not move on to find out if the new prison adopted any of Fry and Gurney's recommendations.

Find out about the rules governing Durham prison in 1819.Go to section on Durham prison

 

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