Category Archives: 1946-2000

Suicide

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

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Christmas Dinner 1974

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.

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The Price Sisters

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

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A Governor’s Diary

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

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Brixton’s First Psychologist

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

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Prison and the Military

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

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The Horror of Fraggle Rock

“When you did nights there – that was something else.  There’d be a period between 2 and 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning when most of them finally went to sleep.  But as soon as one started – we … Continue reading

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