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Reconstructing a Women's Prison: The Holloway Redevelopment Project, 1968-88

Paul Rock


The rebuilding of Holloway prison announced in 1968 was intended to be of enormous significance for the treatment and therapeutic rehabilitation of female inmates. Reconstruction began in 1970 but the new prison was not completed until 1985. By this time penal ideologies had changed, and the Prison Department had revised its conception of female criminality. Thus, what was intended to be a new therapeutic prison became a place of conventional discipline and containment. These developments created serious problems within the prison and led to Holloway being identified as a public and political ... More

Keywords: Holloway prison, female inmates, female criminality, Prison Department, penal ideology, architecture, control, behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198260950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Rock, author
London School of Economics