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Notorious Prisons of the World Stephen Wade

Notorious Prisons of the World

Published February 19th 2013
ISBN : 9781845631642
Hardcover
256 pages
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The first prisons were in the dungeons of empires and castles, places of neglect and sheer oblivion. Every civilization has had its dissenters and its deviants - criminals as well as political offenders, and so prisons became essential to theMoreThe first prisons were in the dungeons of empires and castles, places of neglect and sheer oblivion. Every civilization has had its dissenters and its deviants - criminals as well as political offenders, and so prisons became essential to the retention of power. As the centuries passed after classical times, and prisons were needed for other categories of person, such as debtors, states across the world began to cater for a variety of prisoners, and legal systems became more closely linked to incarceration. The Worlds Most Notorious Prisons traces this development, from the state prisons of Athens and Rome, through to the birth of the house of correction and the penitentiary. Stephen Wade tells the stories of the infamous penal colonies and state prisons across the stage of world history, from Alcatraz to Van Diemans Land, and from the Siberian gulags to the massive super jails of modern America.