Category Archives: imprisonment

Jail and the Left

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 08.17.07The Left, writes Dalrymple,

has never been easy with the idea of prison because the majority of those imprisoned are not only poor, but guilty of property crimes; and in its heart of hearts, the Left still thinks of property as theft and crime as a kind of spontaneous redistributive justice. To imprison anyone, therefore, in the name of property is to commit injustice.

The lash

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 23.22.47Its administration and physical properties

You can find out about the Victorian regulations on this in Pit of Shame: The Real Ballad of Reading Gaol (2007) by Anthony Stokes. Dalrymple points out in his foreword that

much of what goes on in any prison is very funny.

The humorous side is captured well by Stokes, along with all

the horror, the misery, the difficulties, the successes and failures

Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 08.54.56of imprisonment in Britain. Dalrymple says he does not think anybody could read the book

and conclude that the harsh treatment of prisoners is either a good idea or morally justified.