The Oxford History of the Prison is an informative account of the growth and development of the prison in Western society, from classical times to the present day. In fourteen chapters — each written by specialists in social, legal, and institutional history — the book explores not only the complex history of the prison, but also the social world of inmates and their keepers.
Readership: Criminology, public policy.
Edited by Norval Morris, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology, University of Chicago, and David J. Rothman, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University; and Professor of History, Columbia University
"timely collection of essays on the long, grim history of the prison ... The value of the collection is that it constantly makes one think why ... was 'the impulse to do good' channelled into 'creating something as strange as a prison'?" - Paul Barker, The Observer
"a most challenging and disturbing book ... the book meticulously evidences the failure of mass imprisonment to deliver a minimum quality of civilised human existence ... It shows the historical continuity of injustice and absurdity in any mass system." - Bill Forsythe, New Statesman & Society