Bentham's Panopticon has considerable historical
importance in the history of penal reform, having been one of the
most carefully elaborated blueprints for the systematic penal
institutions which began to replace the gaols and bridewells,
medieval in origin, which had been intended only as holding
stations before criminals were fined, sent to the stocks,
transported, or executed. During the later eighteenth century,
confluent humanitarian, administrative and legislative tendencies
led to proposals …
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Clark, Robert. "The Panopticon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2002
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10390The Panopticon3Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.
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