Solid Foundations? Towards a Historical Sociology of Prison Building Programmes in England and Wales, 1959–2015
Between 1959 and 2015 the UK government embarked upon five major phases of prison building in England and Wales. Drawing upon detailed archival research, this article offers a historical sociology of prison building programmes. It traces the evolution of prison building as a public policy concern and documents how this key site of penal policy making was interpreted, and contested, by policy actors who were themselves embedded within deep institutional structures of power and meaning. It argues that prison building has moved from the margins to the mainstream of penal policy, shaped by strongly‐held convictions about the liberal‐democratic state, the competition for control of finite resources and the complex ‘geography of administration’ that underpins the British machinery of government.
Read the full article in The Howard Journal of Crime & Justice, here.
Tom Guiney is now a lecturer in criminology at Oxford Brookes University.