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Here’s one of those little tidbits of information that usually doesn’t come up in casual conversation. This is all from Randall McGowen’s wonderful essay “The Well-Ordered Prison,” contained in The Oxford History of the Prison:

Some thirty thousand people were transported to the American colonies between 1718 and 1775. . . . By the 1770s English justice was buffeted from several different directions. Most immediately, the number of those convicted of crimes was on the rise, and the resulting overcrowding in prisons was compounded by the presence of more debtors. The abrupt interruption of the transportation penalty in 1775 produced a crisis.

There you go. The American Revolution is directly responsible for a prison crisis in England.


Written by srogers

July 2, 2011 at 2:04 am

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