HMP Brixton is London’s oldest prison. It opened in 1819 – a time when jail was emerging as the popular form of punishment – and has remained at the vanguard of reform ever since. This is the story of two hundred years of debate and experiment seen through the prism of one building, and told with the help of a remarkable cast of characters.
I’m Christopher Impey, a radio producer and historian. In 2013 I wrote and produced a two part documentary for BBC Radio 4. London’s Oldest Prison – a History of Criminal Justice was presented by London historian, Jerry White. You can listen to a clip here and read Miranda Sawyer’s review in the Observer here.