Victorian Age Prisons
Prisons in the 19th Century London
Why Victorian Prisons?
Victorian Prisons were built for a variety of reasons
Crimes Increased from 5,000 crimes per year in 1800 to 20,000 in 1840
Lowering the execution rates
Lowering the amount of people sent to Australia and the New World
The Prison Reformation
- Hard Labor
- Long Dull work
- Forced Silence
- Releases stress
- Releases energy
Crime and Punishment
Daily Life in Prisons
Prisoners had strict schedules
- Set wake up
- Set meals
- Times and foods decided by prison
- No alcohol
- Set work
- Labor, specifically hard-labor
- Set exercise
- Set religious activities
- Required mass services
- Set family/friend visits
Prisons in Great Expectations
“It was visiting time when Wemmick took me in; and a potman was going his rounds with beer; and the prisoners, behind bars in the yards, were buying beer, and talking to friends; and a frouzy, ugly, disorderly, depressing scene it was.” (Dickens,p.257)
Showing the prisons before the Prison reformation
Pip’s views of the Prison
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