Hard Time: Reforming the Penitentiary in Nineteenth-Century Canada by Ted McCoy
English | July 17, 2012 | ISBN: 1926836960 | 349 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
Prisons have always existed in a climate of crisis. The penitentiary emerged in the early decades of the nineteenth century as an enlightened alternative to brute punishment, one that would focus on rehabilitation and the inculcation of mainstream social values. Central to this goal was physical labour. The penitentiary was constructed according to a plan that would harness the energies of the prison population for economic profit. As such, the institution became central to the development of industrial capitalist society.