Jeremy Bentham: The Panopticon (1007 words)

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Penitentiary Panopticon
Jermey Bentham, Samuel Bentham and Willey Reveley, Penitentiary Panopticon 1791.

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 …

Clark, Robert. "The Panopticon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2002
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