The Criminal Prisons of London

The Criminal Prisons of London : And Scenes of Prison Life

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Henry Mayhew (1812-87), social reformer and journalist, is well known for his classic work of research on the London poor (also reissued in this series) and as one of the co-founders of Punch magazine in 1841. While working as the metropolitan correspondent for the London Morning Chronicle, Mayhew initiated several investigations into London's poor and the state of the city's prisons. Sourcing his information from guards and from prisoners themselves, Mayhew's monumental study of London criminal life (co-written with John Binny and published in 1862) includes analyses of crime areas, crime classifications and the state of the different prisons connected to them, observations on juvenile delinquents, and methods of discipline and control of prisoners. The book also provides detailed police and criminal statistics. His survey ultimately concluded that all of London's prisons were lacking in basic human necessities and were greatly in need of more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 93 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • 1139095323
  • 9781139095327

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Advertisement; Introduction: London considered as a great world; A balloon view of London; Some idea of the size and population of London; London from Different Points of View: The entry into London by rail; The Port of London; London from the top of St. Paul's; The Contrasts of London: Of the riches and poverty of London; The charity and crime of London; Of the London streets, their traffic, names, and character; Professional London; Legal London; The Administration of the Criminal Law: The criminal prisons and prison population of London; The London convict prisons and the convict population; Of prison discipline; The Convict Prisons of London: Pentonville Prison; The female convict prison at Brixton; The hulks at Woolwich; Millbank Prison - the convict depot; The Correctional Prisons of London: The Middlesex House of Correction, Coldbath Fields; The Middlesex House of Correction, Tothill Fields; The Surrey House of Correction, Wandsworth; The City House of Correction, Holloway; The Detentional Prisons of London: Newgate Jail; The House of Correction, Clerkenwell; Horsemonger Lane more

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