Lecture Series

Revisiting Borstal: Youth, Crime and Penality, c. 1902-1982

  • 12.30 - 13.30
  • 05 Dec 2018
Revisiting Borstal: Youth, Crime and Penality, c. 1902-1982
The fourth event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2018/19. Presented by Professor Heather Shore. This talk introduces a history project which is starting to untangle the evolution of the borstal system, and the experiences of borstal youths.

Revisiting Borstal: Youth, Crime and Penalty, c 1902 - 1982 A public talk given by Professor Heather Shore on 5 December 2018 as part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series. For more information on the series visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/lcc

Over-represented in prisons and with high re-offending rates, young adult prisoners (17-21 years old) have long been perceived as a problem for both society and government. Television programmes such as Bring Back Borstal (ITV, 2015) and proposals in 2016 for secure colleges for younger offenders hark back to the main principles of the borstal system.

Filmed by the Northern Film School.

This event is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series organised by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. 

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