Title: People in Prison
Publisher: Unicorn Press, [Auckland]
Publication Date: 1936
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket As Issued
Edition: First Edition.
Fading to spine and margins of boards. Inscription on front endpaper: "With Compliments / Mac Walmsley / 2 - ii - 38". ; [vi], 172 pages. Green papered boards. Brick design on front board. Page dimensions: 185 x 123mm. "On the other hand, I for one am unable to discover a basis, human or divine, for the proposition that there is a right - let alone a duty - devolving upon any citizen to become or to appoint any other to become, his brothers' or sisters' - gaoler" - the concluding sentence. Published pseudonymously as by "T. I. S.". "Baughan moved from Clifton to Akaroa in 1930. She made her home an unofficial halfway house, frequently giving shelter and financial assistance to ex-prisoners and others on the fringe of society. Baughan studied prison conditions and prisoners first at Point Halswell, Wellington, where she instituted mental testing for women prisoners. She later became official visitor at Addington Reformatory for Women in Christchurch. Baughan's outspoken commitment to prison reform frequently put her at odds with prison authorities. Following a complaint from the controller general of prisons in 1925 that she had written to the press in her capacity as official visitor to the Addington women's prison, Baughan resigned, protesting about the futility of dealing with alcoholics and psychiatric invalids in prison without adequate qualified assistance. She made a first-hand study of both male and female prisoners in the 1930s, and recorded some of her successes and failures in a small volume, People in prison. The book was controversial at the time, and was particularly criticised by prison authorities." - Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall B409]. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 16711
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