Hall Center For The Humanities


Norval Morris
Professor Emeritus of Law & Criminology, University of Chicago

Colloquium"Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island and the Roots of Modern Prison Reform"

Thu., Apr. 4, 2002, 9:30am
Location: Hall Center Conference Room
Norval Morris, Professor Emeritus of Law & Criminology at the University of Chicago, was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Following service in the Australian army during World War II, he completed his LLB and LLM degrees at Melbourne University. In 1949, he received a PhD in law and criminology and was appointed to the faculty of law at the London School of Economics. He joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1964. Professor Morris is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written extensively on the criminal justice system, his latest books including Between Prison and Probation: Intermediate Punishments in a Rational Sentencing System (1990) and The Oxford History of the Prison: The Practice of Punishment in Western Society (1995), co-edited with David Rothman.

The topic of the Colloquium derives from Morris' book Maconochie's Gentlemen: The Story of Norfolk Island and the Roots of Modern Prison Reform (2002). The book focuses on Alexander Maconochie, who from 1840 was the governor of the penal colony, Norfolk Island, 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia. He turned a punitive prison for transported felons into an orderly settlement.

The Colloquium is free and open to the public.

April 4, 2002
9:30 a.m.
Hall Center Conference Room

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