An Exploration of Policy Initiatives to Introduce Full Time Work for Serving Prisoners (2012)

The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the policy initiatives in the implementation of full time work for serving prisons, and to critically discuss past policy attempts to introduce penal work into prisons. Britain practiced penal transportation of convicted criminals to penal colonies in the British Empire between 1788 and 1868. Around 190,000 convicts were transported to North America, the West Indies and Australia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. When transportation was abolished, hard labour was the central goal of the prison. The late 20th century saw a push in community sentences, and a prison service which main aims were to rehabilitate the offender. However, now there is a plan to heavily reduce reoffending by teaching offenders to contribute to society in a positive way through industry and learning. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released a green paper ‘Breaking the Cycle’ (2010) which entailed plans to reform the Prison Service by creating jobs for every prisoner within custody. This research project will attempt to discover whether interventions made for the punishment and rehabilitation of a prisoner through prison labour are beneficial, and whether recent plans are feasible in modern society.

  • 9,000 words – 30 pages in length
  • Good use of literature
  • Good analysis of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Ideal for criminology students

1: Introduction

2: Methodology

3: The History of the Prison

4: Breaking the Cycle

5: Discussion and Conclusions


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