An Inquiry, Whether Crime and Misery Are Produced or Prevented, by Our Present System of Prison Discipline

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A plea by the philanthropist Thomas Buxton for a complete change in the purpose and operation of prisons.

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Publisher Cambridge University Press
Mfg Part# 9781108004923
SKU 211588715
Format Paperback
ISBN10 110800492X
Release Date 9/8/2009
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Editors Note Thomas Fowell Buxton, M. P. (1786-1845) was a philanthropist who had many connections with the Quaker movement through the family of his wife, who was the sister of Henry Gurney and Elizabeth Fry. He was a passionate opponent of slavery, and campaigned to end it at a time when most British people believed that enough had been done by the abolition of slave trading in 1807. His other great interest was the punishment of crime: he wanted the death sentence abolished, and his campaign succeeded in reducing the number of capital crimes from over two hundred to eight. This book is a plea for a complete change in the purpose and operation of prisons, and an argument (still valid today) that prisons actually encourage crime and produce recidivists rather than reformed characters. Buxton draws on own his experience as a visitor to produce a harrowing account of Victorian prison conditions.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0156
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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