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 Prison Rules and Reform, 1819

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Extracts from the Rules for the Governance of the Gaol and House of Correction, Durham, 1819. Click to enlarge.

Extracts from the Rules for the Governance of the Gaol and House of Correction, Durham, 1819. Click to enlarge.

Extracts from the Rules for the Governance of the Gaol and House of Correction, Durham, 1819. Click to enlarge.

Extracts from the Rules for the Governance of the Gaol and House of Correction, Durham, 1819. Click to enlarge.

Extracts from the Rules for the Governance of the Gaol and House of Correction, Durham, 1819. (DUL ref: XLL 942.8 Pam(2)/4)

 

Shortly after the new Gaol and House of Correction opened in Durham, a set of rules governing its operation was issued. We are going to use some extracts (an enlarged version and transcript available) to consider whether the influence of the prison reformers can be seen.

1. Read the extracts carefully and then put the various rules and regulations into modern English.

2. Have the rules been influenced by the work of the reformers? If so, which ones and how can you tell?

3. Do you think these rules would have improved life for the prisoners?

Once you have finished, see if anything had changed by 1865.

 

Find out about prison rules in 1865Go back to section on the work of Fry and Gurney.

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