Does prison work?

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Does prison work?

Kitty Mclauchlan

My entry offers a critical response to the question 'Does prison work?'. The rise of the prison system was once viewed as a triumph. However, it was not long before the cracks began to appear within and out with the prison system.
The abuse of power and inhumane treatment of prisoners are two prominent features that can be documented within the UK prison system. This essay asks why this has been allowed to manifest, and looks to Scandinavian approaches to prison in an attempt explore the assertion that prison works.
Recent statistics indicate that only 1% of female prisoners are convicted of violent crimes. Therefore, in order for a better society the reformation of the prison system is fundamental.

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