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(HO 303/59)

I hope this will be a second reason for penologists of the future to look back on Coldingley and say: "This was a significant change in British prison history": Just this simple matter of choice. We shall do it like this. First we concentrate on making the perimeter secure. Then within the secure perimeter the regime can be relaxed. There will be little of the traditional marching of prisoners from place to place; each prisoner will have to make his own way to his appointed place at the appointed time or suffer the consequences.

The Prison Board long ago abandoned the idea that work for prisoners should be as purposeless and degrading as possible but it takes time for "mail-bag sewing" image to disappear. The broad aim now is to provide most prisoners with production work of the kind done in factories.