The Prison Department, Women and Criminology

Paul Rock

in Reconstructing a Women's Prison

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780198260950
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682179 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

The Prison Department, Women and Criminology

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The Prison Department was undergoing radical change in the immediate aftermath of a flurry of sensational prison escapes. This led to the launching of the Mountbatten Inquiry into Prison Escapes and Security which reported in December 1966, and to the later revisions recommended by a committee chaired by Leon Radzinowicz, as well as to a profound and continuing intensification of safety measures in men's prisons and to a matching reorganisation of the Prison Department itself. The Department increased the number of its staff and component units and created a new division, P4, with Ken Neale as its first Assistant Secretary. The redevelopment of Holloway prison was not merely an idea that had to be invented in order to breathe life into a new administrative group. It was already being actively championed by the prison's former governor, Joanna Kelley. This chapter draws on the history of the Holloway redevelopment project to consider the environment of ideas about women, crime, and punishment in which P4 and its staff around 1967 were set.

Keywords: Prison Department; prison escapes; Leon Radzinowicz; Holloway prison; women; crime; punishment; redevelopment project; Ken Neale; Joanna Kelley

Chapter.  12468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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