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Prison Systems of Victorian England
Transcript of Prison Systems of Victorian England
and Newgate Prison. Newgate Prison was a very famous local prison in London. The Prison Cells Each Cell was about 13 feet long by 7 feet wide, 9 feet tall and the walls were 18 inches thick. The cell had one window, one light, a metal basin which served as both a sink and a bathroom, a stool, a table, a shelf and a bed with a mattress and blankets.
At most prisons prisoners were not allowed to bring any personal belongings. Rules in Prisons: The Prisoner had to be bathed and searched before being admitted to the prison The Prisoner could not bring anything with them to the prison. In his cell, the prisoner had to be silent. The food that they ate had to be bland in order to deter criminals freom performing another crime after they were released. In the infirmary there had to be a surgeon present. There were no regulations on visitors because most prisoners did no receive visitors. Prisons adopted a policy of keeping prisoners as separate as possible. Jobs for Prisoners: Treadwheel Cooking Cleaning Other forms of hard labor Jobs for others: Wardens Guards Infirmary jobs Govenors of prisons At the top of the workers class system was the govenor, then the warden, then the guards and other workers. The classes of vicrorian England were still evident in prisons and the length of time served. If a lower class person went to jail they would be punished more severely than a person of the higher class. Also if a higher class person went to jail they would be treated much better than a lower class person