oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Falling on stony ground : importing the penal practices of Europe into the colonial prisons Natal (part 2)

Volume 13 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



Part one of this article began by tracing the birth of the prison in colonial Natal. It then examined the investigation undertaken by the colonial authorities in the 1860s into the state of the colonial prisons, culminating in a set of penal reforms which were set out in the Imperial Blue Book Digest (hereafter referred to as Digest). As explained in Part 1, the two principles which were stressed particularly in the Digest and in various dispatches at this time, were the separation of prisoners according to the ""separate system"" and the need for strictly penal labour. Part two of the article will trace the attempts by colonial authorities to implement policies based on these two principles in the prisons of colonial Natal.

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