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Understanding Prisons

February 25, 2022

For almost 25 years I worked as a prison governor in the United Kingdom and for the past eleven years, I have worked in the International Centre for Prison Studies in King’s College London, helping in prison services all over the world. I worked out recently that I had visited prisons in over 60 countries.

These experiences left me with a question, “What is this thing we call the prison?” And I also had another question, “What is the future of the prison?” In this first decade of a new century, we have an opportunity, as with so many other elements in our society, to ask why things are as they are, and whether there is perhaps another and better way of dealing with things.



Andrew Coyle


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