Philosophy by the Book



BENTHAM, Jeremy (1748 - 1832)
Letter to Lord Pelham Giving a Comparative View of the System of Penal Colonization in New South Wales, and the Home Penitentiary System, Prescribed by the Acts of Parliament of the Years 1794 & 1799.
London: Privately published, printed by Wilks and Taylor, 1802.

This pamphlet, of largely local importance, argues the superiority of the New South Wales system. Bentham had a longstanding interest in the role of prisons in criminal justice, designing a "model prison" in which the inmates are under constant surveillance, which was influential in the design of the jail at Port Arthur in Tasmania.



Page image from Bentham Letter. Click to enlarge.


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