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Bentham's PrisonA Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary$
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Janet Semple

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.001.0001

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Proposal and Contract II

Proposal and Contract II

(p.134) 7 Proposal and Contract II
Bentham's Prison

Janet Semple

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the plan of management for Jeremy Bentham's panopticon, the powers of the governor and the checks to be imposed on him, particularly in the inspection principles and the insurance schemes. Bentham designed elaborate and transparent systems of inspection that would give the governor sustained powers. The panopticon would rely on public inspection to keep it clean and the prisoners safe from brutality, and work was to be the greatest engine of reformation. Some critics attribute the panopticon's failure to Bentham's plan to convert the keeping of a prison into a profit-making business.

Keywords:   panopticon, Jeremy Bentham, prisons, management, inspection, reformation

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