The Enlightenment Period

Thomas Reid and Jeremy Bentham

What was Betham’s main proposal for prison reform?

In his Panopticon Letters Jeremy Bentham proposed a new type of prison building so that every prisoner would be under continual observation. He drew elaborate blueprints for this kind of building, which would regulate every aspect of the lives of prisoners. It was intended as a humane but highly effective method for controlling the minds of prisoners.


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