Category Archives: 1946-2000
The darkest time period in Brixton’s modern history was during the 1990s. In one eighteen month period fourteen prisoners and three staff took their own lives – a record for a British jail. The lessons learned from that time mean … Continue reading
HMP Brixton isn’t an ideal location to celebrate Christmas – but the menu in 1975 doesn’t look too bad. I wonder if there was any actual brandy in the brandy sauce.
On the 8th March 1973, a car bomb exploded outside the Old Bailey criminal court – part of a sustained campaign of violence on the British mainland by the provisional IRA. Around two hundred people were injured. Ten people were … Continue reading
The period between 1972 and 1974 was particularly difficult for Brixton. As the remand prison for the whole of London, it was responsible for some of the most high-profile of inmates: these included two members of the IRA on a … Continue reading
Everyone remembers their first working day at Brixton prison. Tony Norton arrived on Jebb Avenue early one morning in 1951 having just finished a psychology degree at University College London. He’d served in the second world war, had been among … Continue reading
The prison service has a close association with the military – many members of staff are ex-forces. It is a tradition which goes as far back as when Brixton opened in 1819, when it was the soldiers of the Napoleonic … Continue reading