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Dartmoor: Penal and Cultural Icon

NCJ Number
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 50 Issue: 5 Dated: December 2011 Pages: 478-491
Alana Barton; Alyson Brown
Date Published
December 2011
14 pages
This article examines the physical characteristics of Britain's Dartmoor prison have established and perpetuated the image of the prison as brutal, yet darkly glamorous.
Dartmoor is one of the oldest British prisons still in use. Opened in 1809, it quickly gained a brutal reputation that its later history has done little to dispel. The image of Dartmoor has loomed large in England's penal and cultural past and endures because of its combination of particular architecture, topography and inmate population as well as its unique capacity to invoke, within the public consciousness, an idealized and even mythical representation of all prisons. This article examines how a combination of physical and expressive factors has established and perpetuated the brutal, yet 'darkly glamorous', image of Dartmoor prison and its prisoners. (Published Abstract)