Essay about Prison : Our New Reality
While debtors’ prisons were thought to have been abolished in the 19th century, there is a new modern phenomenon of imprisonment in America today and although they no longer involve corporal punishment, modern-day debtors’ prisons do exist and continue to be growing concern.
The History of the Marshalsea Prison:
The Marshalsea Prison was a debtors’ prison located in London. During the 18th century, this prison was primarily known to hold London’s poorest debtors.
According to an article written by author Antonia Hodgson, “The Jail from Hell: Haunting Events from Behind Bars in the Most Feared Prison of its Time,” Hodgson describes the Marshalsea Prison and the research she found in order to write her novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea.
Upon arrival at the Marshalsea, the prisoner would have to pay an amount demanded by the guard in order to have their chains removed. After being assessed, the prisoner was housed in one of two halves which were divided by a wall, assigned by class. There was the…