Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island & the Roots of Modern Prison Reform

Norval Morris


Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island & the Roots of Modern Prison Reform

Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island & the Roots of Modern Prison Reform

  • Title: Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island & the Roots of Modern Prison Reform
  • Author: Norval Morris
  • ISBN: 9780195146073
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover



In 1840, Alexander Maconochie, a privileged retired naval captain, became at his own request superintendent of two thousand twice convicted prisoners on Norfolk Island, a thousand miles off the coast of Australia In four years, Maconochie transformed what was one of the most brutal convict settlements in history into a controlled, stable, and productive environment that aIn 1840, Alexander Maconochie, a privileged retired naval captain, became at his own request superintendent of two thousand twice convicted prisoners on Norfolk Island, a thousand miles off the coast of Australia In four years, Maconochie transformed what was one of the most brutal convict settlements in history into a controlled, stable, and productive environment that achieved such success that upon release his prisoners came to be called Maconochie s Gentlemen Here Norval Morris, one of our most renowned criminologists, offers a highly inventive and engaging account of this early pioneer in penal reform, enhancing Maconochie s life story with a trenchant policy twist Maconochie s life and efforts on Norfolk Island, Morris shows, provide a model with profound relevance to the running of correctional institutions today Using a unique combination of fictionalized history and critical commentary, Morris gives this work a powerful policy impact lacking in most standard academic accounts In an era of mass incarceration that rivals that of the settlement of Australia, Morris injects the question of humane treatment back into the debate over prison reform Maconochie and his Marks system played an influential role in the development of prisons but for the last thirty years prison reform has been dominated by punitive and retributive sentiments, the conventional wisdom holding that we need supermax prisons to control the worst of the worst in solitary and harsh conditions Norval Morris argues to the contrary, holding up the example of Alexander Maconochie as a clear cut alternative to the living hell of prison systems today.


Recent Comments "Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island & the Roots of Modern Prison Reform"

The issues that frame the tensions in prison work were largely in play nearly 200 years ago. This historical novel shares an early example of trying to make sense of the work and ends with a narrative about where we are today. If you think about why we have prisons and what should be done with them, I recommend this book.


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