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Gendered prison work: female prison officers in the local prison system, 1877-1939

Johnston, Helen



This article examines the working lives of female prison officers between 1877 and 1939. It documents a relatively under-researched, but important, period in the history of women's imprisonment in England. In doing so it aims to uncover the working lives of female officers, the role and daily duties of officers, the development of training schools for female staff and to understand the ambiguous role of officers in the ‘reform' of prisoners during these decades. The research contextualises the work of the female officer within the changing female prison estate and declining female prison population in this period and examines the ways in which gender and class combined in prison work.


Johnston, H. (2014). Gendered prison work: female prison officers in the local prison system, 1877-1939. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53(2), 193-212.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2013
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2013
Publication Date 2014-05
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Howard journal of criminal justice
Print ISSN 0265-5527
Electronic ISSN 1468-2311
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 193-212
Keywords Women correctional personnel
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Johnston, H. (2014), Gendered Prison Work: Female Prison Officers in the Local Prison System, 1877–1939. Howard J Crim Justice, 53: 193–212, which has been published in final form at doi:10.1111/hojo.12043. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.


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