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(p. 273) Comments on the Report of the Committee on Punishment in Prisons and Borstals 

(p. 273) Comments on the Report of the Committee on Punishment in Prisons and Borstals
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(p. 273) Comments on the Report of the Committee on Punishment in Prisons and Borstals
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0045
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date: 13 November 2019

In his five major comments on this government-based report on punishment in prisons and borstals (places of detention for young offenders), Winnicott first addresses the conflict of society in addressing due legal care of its members and also of giving appropriate treatment and care to offenders, especially the young, whilst acknowledging the unconscious need of society to mete out revenge and hence potentially excessive punishment. He then addresses issues of tobacco smoking and the needs of prisoners to have a modicum of defence against madness or hope by means of this drug, and of rules on self care and appearance in borstals being entrusted to the governor in charge. He discusses different ways of treating young absconders on return or capture and on what punishment means to the individual.

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