Proposal and Contract II

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273875
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684074 | DOI:
Proposal and Contract II

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This chapter deals with the plan of management for Jeremy Bentham's panopticon, the powers of the governor and the checks to be imposed on him, particularly in the inspection principles and the insurance schemes. Bentham designed elaborate and transparent systems of inspection that would give the governor sustained powers. The panopticon would rely on public inspection to keep it clean and the prisoners safe from brutality, and work was to be the greatest engine of reformation. Some critics attribute the panopticon's failure to Bentham's plan to convert the keeping of a prison into a profit-making business.

Keywords: panopticon; Jeremy Bentham; prisons; management; inspection; reformation

Chapter.  11974 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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