London's Bridewell Prison was the location of many "firsts" in penology. For the first time in world history, corporal or capital punishment was substituted for imprisonment at hard labor, which is the very definition of a penitentiary. Although Bridewell was a revolutionary experiment in penal reform, it ultimately failed to deliver what its proponents promised.
William G. Hinkle is Chair of the Criminal Justice Program at Ivy Tech State College, South Bend, Indiana.
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Historical Context; 2. The Royal Hospitals of London; 3. The Foundation of Bridewell; 4. Bridewell Palace; 5. The Order of 1557; 6. Administration at Bridewell; 7. Classification and Treatment of Prisoners at Bridewell; 8. Bridewell in the 16th Century; 9. Bridewell in the 17th Century; 10. Apprenticeships at Bridewell; 11. The Court at Bridewell; 12. Punishment at Bridewell; 13. The Significance of Bridewell to Penology; Bibliography; Index.