‘Prisons and the Public' by Margaret Bondfield, JP

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This short article revisits the address that Margaret Bondfield gave to the Howard League for Penal Reform's inaugural annual general meeting, a little over 100 years ago. It seeks both to illuminate the framing of her argument, and note some features of the moment and situation to which it was addressed. I argue that while it is true that Bondfield's speech reveals certain tensions that have remained somewhat intractable in the field of penal reform ever since, it also demonstrates a conviction and ambition that contemporary actors might well wish to seek to recover.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)38-46
Number of pages9
JournalHoward Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • abolition
  • Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Margaret Bondfield
  • penal reform
  • prisons


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