….I found this blog today. This is the first blog I’ve seen of the history of the penal system going back to the mid 1800’s. Our prisons today use many of the same practices with the same horrible results. Solitary confinement causes mental illness. I hope you take the time to read other stories she has, that also have handwritten letters and documents. Please leave all comments on the original blog.

WaywardWomen

‘Life should mean life’ is a popular adage that you might overhear in a pub, on public transport, even in the queue at the supermarket. It is hard to judge how widely, or sincerely, held this belief is – but it is certainly one that most of us have come across whether it be in an abstract discussion with others, or in popular commentary of notorious legal cases. For example, each time the issue of paroled for famed offenders such as Myra Hindley has arisen most newspapers, politicians, and popular figures can be relied upon to take the stance ‘tough on crime, tough on criminals’. But who, in reality, does this benefit?

When an offender is sentenced to penal servitude they disappear largely from public consciousness. Most of us are content to know that offenders are ‘behind bars’ serving their sentences. If we hear about life inside prison walls it…

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