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Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island and the Roots of Modern Prison Reform
In 1840, Alexander Maconochie, a privileged retired naval captain, became at his own request superintendent of two thousand twice-convicted prisoners on Norfolk Island, a thousand miles off the coast of Australia. In four years, Maconochie transformed what was one of the most brutal convict settlements in history into a controlled, stable, and productive environment that a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 11th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 1st 2001)
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The issues that frame the tensions in prison work were largely in play nearly 200 years ago. This historical novel shares an early example of trying to make sense of the work and ends with a narrative about where we are today. If you think about why we have prisons and what should be done with them, I recommend this book.