Prison: five hundred years behind bars

This podcast from the National Archives takes look at the changing nature of imprisonment over the centuries and the experiences of those who endured it, charting the growth of the national prison system in England and Wales from castle dungeons to purpose-built concrete gaols.

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1 Comment

  1. anuradha said,

    October 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    God forgive those who have made these laws. I m sure they made these laws for protection of the public in general and for trying to improve the habitual offenders or criminals. But I still wonder, what’s the logic behind extending the imprisonment period to 500 years? When practically no one lives for that long a period. I personally think these people should be set free at least after they grow old.


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