oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Stone walls do a prison make and iron bars a cage
|Article Title||Stone walls do a prison make and iron bars a cage|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 Department of English, University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1992|
|Pages||14 - 20|
|Keyword(s)||Currency, Customs, Education, Habiliment, Health, Humiliating deprivation, Language, Prison apparel, Prison culture, Prison-writings, Religious services, Social strata and Stigma|
I have lived to the age of twenty three years and I had never known that here really was a world such as this, here in our own midst, with its own criminal parlance, and its own terribly different, terribly mysterious way of life (Bosman 1983:21). These words belong to South Africa's celebrated poet and teller of tales, Herman Charles Bosman, who, as a youth in his twenties, was in 1926 sentenced to death for the unpremeditated murder of his step-brother.
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