Joseph Akeroyd: Rediscovering a Prison Reformer


Ron Wilson’s book, Joseph Akeroyd: Rediscovering a Prison Reformer.



Joseph Akeroyd was the longest serving Inspector General in Victoria’s penal system between 1924 and 1947.  Through his educationalist background he implemented radical and innovative reforms in  prison and prisoner management.  These reforms occurred between and beyond two world wars and a major international economic depression.  Whilst many of his reforms were not heralded at the time and for many years after, this book celebrates these reforms and examines the relevance of these reforms in contemporary times.