Metamorphosis III: The Social Transformation of Holloway

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

Metamorphosis III: The Social Transformation of Holloway

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For quite a long time, most staff and inmates seemed to be enclosed inside their total institution, sealed against knowledge about events on the building site beyond the walls, concentrating on immediate problems of the here-and-now. However, afterwards life resumed again within the smaller space that was left. As this chapter proceeds to describe how Holloway prison then evolved during the years of its reconstruction, it pursues trends that carried over from the world of the old prison to that of the new. The social world of the old Holloway did begin to change after 1970, and one chief catalyst was the quite unforeseen increase in the number of women prisoners that had so alarmed the Prison Department. Despite its straitened character, the reduced ‘operating prison’ was still the central women's establishment, and, against all the earlier planning assumptions, it was required to take in more women.

Keywords: Holloway prison; reconstruction; social world; women prisoners; Prison Department; operating prison; inmates

Chapter.  11168 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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