£3.00. Dr Thomas has researched his way patiently through a number of primary and secondary sources and the result is a very useful piece of historical writing about the prison system. He draws also upon his first-hand knowledge.As he says, almost all accounts of prisons are either descriptive or deal with the two themes of prisoners and penal reform. There has been no account of the way the English prison staff structure has evolved or of prison as an organisational entity, and he fills this gap.A cent…
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