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Punishment: Incarceration and the death penalty (2018)
Book Chapter
Johnston, H. (2018). Punishment: Incarceration and the death penalty. In D. Nash, & A. Kilday (Eds.), Murder and Mayhem: Crime in Twentieth Century Britain, 243-270. Palgrave Macmillan

Imprisoned mothers in Victorian England, 1853–1900: Motherhood, identity and the convict prison (2018)
Journal Article
Johnston, H. (2019). Imprisoned mothers in Victorian England, 1853–1900: Motherhood, identity and the convict prison. Criminology & criminal Justice, 19(2), 215-231. https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895818757833

This article explores the experiences of imprisoned mothers in the Victorian convict prison system. It argues that motherhood, of central importance to the ideals of Victorian femininity, was disrupted and fractured by women's long-term imprisonment... Read More

Female prisoners, aftercare and release : residential provision and support in late nineteenth century England (2015)
Journal Article
Johnston, H., & Turner, J. (in press). Female prisoners, aftercare and release : residential provision and support in late nineteenth century England. British journal of community justice : BJCJ, 13(3), (35-50). ISSN 1475-0279

This article examines the release and aftercare of female prisoners in England during the late nineteenth century. Primarily it seeks to illuminate the use of residential provision for women who had been released from both convict and local prisons,... Read More

Gendered prison work: female prison officers in the local prison system, 1877-1939 (2013)
Journal Article
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). doi:10.1111/hojo.12043. ISSN 0265-5527

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 l... Read More

Counterblast: the perennial problem of short prison sentences (2013)
Journal Article
Johnston, H., & Godfrey, B. (2013). Counterblast: the perennial problem of short prison sentences. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 52(4), (433-437). doi:10.1111/hojo.12030. ISSN 0265-5527

In the last three or four years there has been increasing attention on the use of short prison sentences and their effectiveness in the UK. This attention has focused on the continued evidence of high rates of recidivism for those who have served sho... Read More

Porridge: 'A Night In' (2012)
Journal Article
Johnston, H. (2012). Porridge: 'A Night In'

Since the release of Porridge in the mid 1970s it has become one of the most well known and loved comedy series and in 2004, it was voted seventh in a BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest British Sitcoms.  The central characters have become etched into... Read More

The English Prison during the First and Second World Wars: Hidden Lived Experiences of War (2011)
Journal Article
Jewkes, Y., & Johnston, H. (2011). The English Prison during the First and Second World Wars: Hidden Lived Experiences of War

This article describes a research study in its earliest days.  Our primary reason for publishing so soon in the project's life is that we want to appeal for information or documentary material - including private diaries and journals, letters, s... Read More

Editorial Comment - Young People in Custody (2011)
Journal Article
Harrison, K., & Johnston, H. (2011). Editorial Comment - Young People in Custody

This Special Issue brings together a range of articles by academics, practitioners and charitible organisations concerned with young people in custody.  The issue is organised into three sections: the development of penal policy towards children... Read More

The Cell: Separation, isolation and space in the architecture of the birth of the prison (2010)
Journal Article
Johnston, H. (2010). The Cell: Separation, isolation and space in the architecture of the birth of the prison

This article will examine the changing place of architecture and the contested nature of prison space across 100 years of the development of the modern prison. In the mid eighteenth century the architecture of imprisonment was relatively unimportant... Read More

Transforming the prison: histories of prison and imprisonment, 1770-1952 (2009)
Book
Johnston, H. (2009). Transforming the prison: histories of prison and imprisonment, 1770-1952. Criminal Justice, 125 - 143. OUP Oxford

This chapter considers the emergence of imprisonment as the predominant form of punishment for the majority offences from the mid-nineteenth century onwards in Britain.  It examines imprisonment before and during the eighteenth century through t... Read More

‘Cavemen in an era of speed-of-light technology’ : historical and contemporary perspectives on communication within prisons (2009)
Journal Article
Jewkes, Y., & Johnston, H. (2009). ‘Cavemen in an era of speed-of-light technology’ : historical and contemporary perspectives on communication within prisons. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 48(2), (132-143). doi:10.1111/j.1468-2311.2009.00559.x. ISSN 0265-5527

Many prisoners believe that the restricted access they have to computer-mediated communcation (CMC) technologies and, in particular, the almost total absence of computers and Internet access in prisons is a form of censure that renders them second-cl... Read More

Victorian Prisons (2008)
Book
Johnston, H. (2008). Victorian Prisons. Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment, 305 - 307. Willan

The 'Victorian Prison' refers to prisons during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).  The Victorian period is key to our understanding of prisons and imprisonment, not only in terms of the significant change4s that were made in teh administr... Read More

Separate and Silent Systems (2008)
Book
Johnston, H. (2008). Separate and Silent Systems. Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment, 270 - 271. Willan

The separate and silent systems were two disciplinary regimes that became prominent in prisons during the early to mid-nineteenth century.  Both systems were based on the idea of reforming prisoners either through isolation or throught silent-as... Read More

Less Eligibility (2008)
Book
Johnston, H. (2008). Less Eligibility. Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment, 151 - 152. Willan

The principle of less eligibility is based on the notion that those in prisons (or work-houses, historically) should ensure material living conditions that compare unfavourably with those of similarly disadvantaged people outside these institutions.

HM Prison Service (2008)
Book
Bennett, J., & Johnston, H. (2008). HM Prison Service. Dictionary of prisons and punishment, 115 - 117. Willan

HM Prison Service is the organization charged with managing public sector prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.

Punishment and Control in Historical Perspective (2008)
Book
(2008). Punishment and Control in Historical Perspective

Bringing together new research on punishment and control in the 19th and 20th centuries, this collection begins by examining the development of the modern prison, gender, social control and punishment, and psychiatry and the criminal justice system.... Read More

Moral Guardians? Prison Officers, Prison Practice and Ambiguity in the Nineteenth Century (2008)
Book
Johnston, H. (2008). Moral Guardians? Prison Officers, Prison Practice and Ambiguity in the Nineteenth Century. Punishment and Control in Historical Perspective, 77 - 94. Palgrave Macmillan

This chapter is concerned with understanding the role and working lives of turnkeys, warders, prison officers between 1835 and 1877 period, and to examine this role within a broader understanding of the nature of local imprisonment at this time.&nbsp... Read More