Dr Lewis Darwen and David Orr presented a paper ‘Institutional development in Preston, 1820-1840: a case study of prison and workhouse reform at local level’ at Edinburgh University on Sunday (09/10/16) for the British Crime Historians Symposium, which went very well.
The paper focused upon Preston, and explored the degree to which the ideas of two key figures – Thomas Batty Addison and the Rev. John Clay – concerning crime, criminality and poverty overlapped and influenced local developments in poor law administration and imprisonment (1820-1840). Specifically, the paper focused upon the degree to which Addison and Clay laid the foundations for local union workhouse and prison policy by actively denying any link between economic conditions in manufacturing towns and poverty and criminality,
They’re currently writing up the paper for publication in the British Journal of Criminology, but they’ve also been approached by the US-China Law Review with an offer to publish a version of the paper with them.