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Alexander Maconochie’s ‘mark system’

Moore, John

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John Moore


John Moore contributes a fascinating account of the innovative work of Alexander Maconochie, a prison governor on the Norfolk Island penal settlement in Australia, and at Birmingham prison in the mid 19th century. Many of his ideas, including conditional rewards, reducing offending on release, and developing meaningful work, can be seen echoing down the years to this very day. His eventual failure also stands as a poignant warning to those who follow in his footsteps.


Moore, J. (2011). Alexander Maconochie’s ‘mark system’. Prison Service Journal, 198, 38-46

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2012
Publicly Available Date Dec 2, 2016
Journal Prison Service Journal
Print ISSN 0300-3558
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 198
Pages 38-46
Keywords Alexander Maconochie, penal reform, Norfolk island, prison, Birmingham prison, mark system, transportation, penal reformation
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Additional Information Additional Information : Crown Copyright material is reproduced under Class Licence Number C2006000478 with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland


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