The Grim Fortress: The Condemning of the Victorian Prison

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 Grim Fortress: The Condemning of the Victorian Prison

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This chapter tries to reconstruct some critical parts of the decision to demolish the old Holloway prison, and it would be useful at the outset to give structural and political context to what was done. It recalls that the prison was part of the estate managed by the Prison Department's P4 division, and that P4 had its special features, being new, composite and mildly reformist. The division claimed to occupy an advantageous position, directing a few, uncrowded prisons which had an unusually favourable ratio of staff to prisoners, and whose inmates themselves served short sentences and were not thought to be dangerous, professional, or politically troublesome. The chapter touches briefly on the example of Everthorpe, but the focus is on a women's prison, and the treatment of women.

Keywords: Holloway prison; inmates; prisoners; Everthorpe; women's prison; women; Prison Department

Chapter.  13618 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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