The History and Romance of Crime

The History and Romance of Crime : Millbank Penitentiary

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The History and Romance of Crime - Millbank Penitentiary - Arthur George Frederick Griffiths - The English Prison System. Millbank Prison stood for nearly a century upon the banks of the Thames between Westminster and Vauxhall, a well-known gloomy pile by the river side, with its dull exterior, black portals, and curious towers. This once famous prison no longer attracts the wide attention of former days but the very name contains in itself almost an epitome of British penal legislation. With it one intimately associates such men as John Howard and Jeremy Bentham; an architect of eminence superintended its erection; while statesmen and high dignitaries, dukes, bishops, and members of Parliament were to be found upon its committee of management, exercising a control that was far from nominal or perfunctory, not disdaining a close consideration of the minutest details, and coming into intimate personal communion with the criminal inmates, whom, by praise or admonition, they sought to reward or reprove. Its origin and the causes that brought it into being; its object, and the success or failure of those who ruled it; its annals, and the curious incidents with which they are filled, -these are topics of much interest to the general reader.show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 8.89mm | 362.87g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514615614
  • 9781514615614