Childhood Impression Contributed to Prison Reform

December 2001
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec2001, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p159
Academic Journal
The article presents childhood experiences of a penologist Thomas Mott Osborne. Osborne says that, in his early childhood, he was taken through Auburn Prison in New York. It has always been a main object of interest in their town to visit a prison. In the prison, Osborne saw dark scowling faces, hideous striped clothing, which carried with it an unexplainable sense of shame. There Osborn saw ugly close-cropped heads and shaven faces. No incident of childhood made a more vivid impression upon him than this visit of prison. His childhood impression about prison contributed to efforts for prison reform.


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