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An Inmate
An Inmate

This section provides general information on how prisoners were classified and treated and what daily life was like. It also includes contemporary accounts of prisoners.

Types of Prisoners
  • An Overview of Prisoner Types As prisons became the chief place of punishment for a wide variety of crimes, prisoners were...
  • DebtorsDebtors Until 1970 it was technically possible to be imprisoned for being in debt and unable to pay. During...
  • Untried prisonersUntried prisoners Prisoners who were accused of "indictable" (serious) offences were "remanded in prison" after...
  • Infants or JuvenilesInfants or Juveniles Until 1838, when Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight was opened there was no prison in the country...
  • The SickThe Sick In Bedford the magistrates employed a surgeon to look after sick prisoners who often arrived at the...
  • WomenWomen Conditions for women changed considerably as the 19th century progressed.
  • The CondemnedThe Condemned Those under sentence of death were kept in a special condemned cell away from the other prisoners....
  • Habitual CriminalsHabitual Criminals Habitual criminals were those that had committed more than one offence.

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Contemporary Accounts

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