The Main Features of the Reforms Passed by the Government in the 19th Century that Affected Prisons

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The Main Features of the Reforms Passed by the Government in the 19th Century that Affected Prisons


As we can see from question one prisons needed serious reform. This is
because the purpose of prison was to hold people until they were hung
or transported therefore no one cared about reforming them. So the
purpose of prisons has to change for the conditions to change. This is
because if the purpose changes from holding prisoners till death to
holding prisoners until there sentence is up people will put more
effort into reforming them so the conditions will get better and the
way to do this is for people like Elizabeth Fry to implement the
changes needed.
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He gave good food, clothing and bedding
to prisoners although they received good treatment they were still
tret like prisoners. They did not pay for any of these items and the
jailer was not to charge the prisoners as he was getting a salary.
There were no irons or chains and there main punishments consisted of
no visitors at all, and hard labour and probably the worst punishment
of all solitary confinement. Each prisoner had their own cell and the
chaplain and doctor visited regularly to check on the prisoners and
try to reform them through God. The warden had to visit at least once
a day to check on the prisoners and exercise them.

Sir George Paul although he only reformed one prison set the way for
others to follow in his footsteps and reform other prisons.

Elizabeth Fry was the next reformer who formed an association called
the 'Association for the improvement of female prisons at Newgate.'
This was an association that fought for the rights of women in
prisons.

She wanted the opportunity while women and children were in prison to
try to teach them. She also wanted to try to bring the faith of
Christianity into their lives in order to try to reform and turn them
into better people. She also believed in segregation and women's
rights along with female jailors. She wanted this because she wanted
to stop disease and…

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