A GOOD AND USEFUL LIFE Imprisonment in Britain Today

Author: Caird (Rod)
Year: 1974
Publisher: Hart-Davis, MacGibbon
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: G++/G
ISBN: 0246107561
Price: 10.00
Hardback. No one can doubt the credibility of the author's own account of his year in Wormwood Scrubs and Coldingley Industrial Prison. Freshly graduated from Cambridge, he was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment by Justice Melford Stevenson, for his part in a political demonstration at the Garden House Hotel, Cambridge, in 1970. He reacted to prison by carefully observing his own reactions, the behaviour of prison officers and of other prisoners, comparing his own experience of it with prison literature - official and otherwise - to show the anomalies that beset the thinking behind imprisonment in Britain: the anachronisms and revolting conditions of the old Victorian prisons, typified by the Scrubs, and the disturbing problem of Coldingley, a technologically advanced modern closed prison, described by James Callaghan when Home Secretary, as 'a leap into the future'. But this attempt to simulate the conditions of 'normality' within the perimeters of a high-security prison is ultimately as humiliating and repressive to the prisoner's development as the Scrubs - and possibly crueller, because the prisoner is all too aware that life in prison is anything but 'normal'. With Bibliog. + Full List of Books and Documents Referred to or Quoted. 210pp. 8vo. h/back. Ex-lib. No pockets or dockets, just a few discreet library markings. Lacks fep, sl. slanted sp. o/w G++ in G. only dw. which has 'rippled' effect to covers.


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