Theseus: Colin Allen and the Reformation 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

Theseus: Colin Allen and the Reformation of Holloway

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The new Governor, Colin Allen, the man who was expected to deliver the change, had started his career as a borstal housemaster, had been Deputy Governor of Feltham between 1971 and 1977, Governor of Huntercombe between 1977 and 1981, and then Governor of Maidstone Prison until February 1985. When he assumed his post at the Holloway prison he had a clear mandate to implement the recommendations of the Project Review Committee when it reported in July. The prison that the new Governor inherited remained insecure, volatile, and unsettled. It continued to diffract inmates and staff who remained in uneasy relation with one another. Colin Allen told the Prison Department at the outset that Holloway was ‘desperate for staff’, and the Department responded by recruiting the majority of new entrant women officers from all over the country for the prison. This chapter describes the reformation of Holloway under Colin Allen.

Keywords: Colin Allen; Holloway prison; inmates; Prison Department; women officers; reformation

Chapter.  18486 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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