Friday Night - Women's Prison (clip 2)
Report about women's prisons and Cornton Vale
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TV news report looking at the condition of old prison facilities in Gateside prison in Greenock and then construction of a new prison at Cornton Vale. Includes interviews with an inmate, the prison governor and prison planner.
Interview with John Oliver - Controller of Planning and Coordination in the Scottish Prison Dept; women "slopping out"; Reporter, George Reid, walks through a mother and baby cell; an interview with Lady Martha Bruce - the Governor of Gateside Prison; brief shots of inmates eating. An assessment meeting takes place before a prisoner is released: 'Joan' speaks about her time in the Young Offenders institution.
Updated October 2020
Questions & Activities
- Why was the Cornton Vale site landscaped?
- What is considered innovative about the site?
- What is considered the biggest punishment?
- What jobs do the women do in jail to earn their weekly wage?
Examine the use of language by the different people in the clip. How would you describe the overall tone of the film?
Discuss the balance of the documentary. What are sources are used to back up statements?
Discuss how attitudes to crime and punishment have changed over time. How many of the arguments used here are familiar and how many seem out of date? What ideas are absent (e.g. human rights legislation).
|Resource Rights Holder||Courtesy of Scottish Television|
|School Subject||English, Media Studies, Modern Studies|
|Subject Matter||Crime and Punishment, Citizenship|
|Who||Scottish Television (production company)|
|Where||Bridge of Allan, Greenock, Stirling|