<i>A View of the Hard Labour Bill</i> and the Penitentiary Act of 1779

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273875
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684074 | DOI:
A View of the Hard Labour Bill and the Penitentiary Act of 1779

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This chapter discusses Jeremy Bentham's legislative pamphlet titled A View of the Hard Labour Bill and the passage of the Penitentiary Act of 1779 in England. The pamphlet is often dismissed as part of Bentham's obsession with prisons but recent analyses suggest that it provides insights into the fundamental theme of Bentham's thought. L. J. Hume considers the pamphlet as a significant contribution to the ongoing debate on the nature of the modern state and links it with Bentham's abortive scheme for a Board of Shipping. Ross Harrison contends that the duty and interest junction principle originated in Bentham's comments on the provision in the bill that makes the level of the governor's salary dependent on the profits made by the prison.

Keywords: A View of the Hard Labour Bill; Jeremy Bentham; Penitentiary Act of 1779; duty and interest junction principle; L. J. Hume; Ross Harrison

Chapter.  8284 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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