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.
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. This talk will introduce a history project which is starting to untangle the evolution of the borstal system, and the experiences of borstal youths.