A group of foreign delegates attending the 12-day United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime - now in session in London - visited Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, Aug 17.
GV Wormwood Scrubs Prison
LV ..THROUGH GATES..DITTO
CU Sign outside prison
LV Outer prison gates open to admit delegate's bus
SV PAN.. Bus into quadrangle.
GV Gardens and lawns inside prison
LV Delegates out of bus
SV Delegates walk to prison buildings.
LV Prisoners at exercise in the yard.
LV PAN.. Delegates watch prisoners.
LV Delegates walk around exterior
SV Delegates look at prisoners' handicraft
SV Delegates continue tour
CU Signboard "Church of St Francis of Assisi"
SV PAN.. Delegates inside church
rear v..Wardens in grounds
GV Prison hospital building
CU Warden unlocks door
SV Delegates enter
SV Prison officer locks door
SV Another prison officer unlocks door to ward
LV Delegates on tour of ward
LV View through barred ward window
SV Prisoner and prison officer stock-taking in cantine
CU Prisoners' first week's earnings are spent on these items: half ounce tobacco, book...matches, cigarette papers, one sweet
GV Cell block
GV PAN.DOWN..Interior of cell block
SV Delegates inspect interior
CU Privileged prisoner's cell, with raised sprung bed
SV Delegates on tour
SV INT..of ordinary cell with hard low bed
REAR V..coach with delegates leaves prison, doors close
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Background: A group of foreign delegates attending the 12-day United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime - now in session in London - visited Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, Aug 17. Other groups were simultaneously visiting Holloway Womens Prison and Eastchurch Prison.
At Wormwood Scrubs, delegates were received and shown around the prison by the Governor, Mr J.B. Smith. After watching prisoners during physical training exercise, the delegates inspected toys and handicrafts made by prisoners,walked through the cell blocks and visited the splendid prison Chapel of St Francis of Assisi.
Approximately 850 criminologists, police and prison officials, law officers and social workers from more than eighty countries are attending the Congress, which opened at Church House, Westminster, London, Aug 8. Although prevention of crime is a major problem, they are all deeply concerned with treatment of offenders, particularly juvenile delinquents.
Organising this Congress every five years - this is the second - is one of the most important aspects of the UN programme of social defence begun in 1946.