The photographs in this collection are from the archives of the Howard League for Penal ReformLink opens in a new window, and show images of prison life in the first decades of the 20th century. Many of the photographs look at the reformatory side of the prison system, including shots of prisoners engaged in work and educational programmes in both the UK and USA.
27 photographs of the first Borstal (juvenile detention centre) in 1902
6 photographs showing the system operating in the women's prison
9 photographs showing the system operating in the men's prison
16 photographs of Dartmoor and Wakefield prisons, including images relating to the internment of conscientious objectors
8 photographs of the pioneering women's prison
9 photographs of the pioneering men's prison
13 photographs of the reformatory for young women, shortly after its construction in 1901