Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison

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

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This concluding chapter criticizes the penitentiary built at Jeremy Bentham's proposed site for his panopticon at the Salisbury estate in Millbank, England. The ground in the area was swampy and unable to sustain the building, which increased the penitentiary's cost to 500,000 British pounds. The building was so full of dark corners and passages, innumerable doors and gates and winding staircases that warders sometimes got lost inside it. The management was no more successful than the architecture. The discipline was so lax that in 1817 the inmates rose in open mutiny.

Keywords: penitentiary; Jeremy Bentham; panopticon; prison; architecture; prison management

Chapter.  5568 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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