• Short Summary

    AT GRENDON UNDERWOOD, NEAR AYLESBURY, IS A PSYCHIATRIC PRISON WHICH WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN BRITAIN WHEN IT WAS OPENED EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO.

  • Description

    AT GRENDON UNDERWOOD, NEAR AYLESBURY, IS A PSYCHIATRIC PRISON WHICH WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN BRITAIN WHEN IT WAS OPENED EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO.

    IT IS INTENDED AS A PLACE OF REHABILITATION RATHER THAN A PUNISHMENT AND MEN ARE BROUGHT HERE FROM OTHER PRISONS EITHER BECAUSE IT'S THOUGHT THEY MIGHT BENEFIT FROM PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT OR BECAUSE THEY ARE OFFENDERS OF AN UNUSUAL KIND. BUT IN SPITE OF THE HOSPITAL ATMOSPHERE, GRENDON IS PRIMARILY A PRISON, A MAXIMUM SECURITY ONE, WITH ALL THAT IMPLIES.

    EACH MAN UNDERGOES A ROUTINE INVESTIGATION WITH THE ACCENT ON PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS. THESE ARE NOT CHRONIC CASES, OF THE KIND ADMITTED AT BROADMOOR, AND THE STAFF ARE TRYING TO SEE WHY THEY HAVE TURNED TO CRIME AND IF THEY CAN BE TURNED AWAY FROM IT. I.Q. TESTS ARE ALL PART OF THE PROCESS.

    ELECTRO-CONVULSIVE THERAPY IS AMONG THE TREATMENT USED, AND THAT OLD FASHIONED BUT OFTEN EFFECTIVE REMEDY, HARD WORK IN GARDEN OR WORKSHOP, IS ALLIED WITH MODERN SCIENTIFIC CURES.

    AVERSION THERAPY FOR THE MAN ENSLAVED BY ALCOHOL. FIRST, AN EMETIC IS GIVEN BY INJECTION (AND THIS IS OFTEN DONE AT SUCH AN UNCONVIVIAL HOUR SUCH AS FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING). ROUND THE BED IS PLENTY OF THE DRINK THE MAN CRAVES, AND HE IS NOT RESTRICTED BUT GIVEN A LARGE GLASS.

    UNPLEASANT ASSOCIATIONS ARE SET UP WHEN THE EMETIC TAKES SWIFT EFFECT.

    THE MEN HAVE INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SESSIONS. THE VARYING TREATMENTS TAKE PRIORITY OVER OTHER ACTIVITIES AND THEY ARE THE CONCERN OF ALL THE HOSPITAL, DISCIPLINE AND WORKS STAFF. GRANDON' STAFF-TO-PRISONER RATIO IS TWO TO THREE, AND WILL BE ONE TO THREE WHEN IT'S FULL - VERY GOOD FOR A MENTAL HOSPITAL.

    SURGICAL TREATMENT INCLUDES COSMETIC AND REMEDIAL SURGERY, FOR DISFIGUREMENTS O F VARIOUS KINDS NATURALLY HAVE STRONG LINK WITH MENTAL DISORDERS. THERE WILL EVENTUALLY BE ACCOMMODATION FOR 325 PRISONERS, INCLUDING FIFTY BOYS AND TWENTY-FIVE WOMEN AND GIRLS, BUT AT THE MOMENT THERE ARE ONLY 150 MEN. A REPORT JUST PUBLISHED SAYS THE PRISON MEDICAL SERVICE MUST BE EXTENDED. AT PRESENT THERE ARE 140 PRISON DOCTORS, SIXTY-TWO OF THEM WHOLE TIME MEDICAL OFFICERS.

    IT IS STILL A CELL, NOT A WARD. THERE MEN HAVE OFFENDED AND MUST WORK OUT THEIR SENTENCES. SOMETIMES THEY COMPLETE THEM AT GRENDON AND RETURN TO THE WORLD FROM THERE. THE STAFF HOPE THE EX-PRISONER PATIENTS WILL GO STRAIGHT NOT BECAUSE PRISON HAS DETERRED THEM BUT BECAUSE IT HAS CURED THEM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD7SVA6BUDIQQD5XAV1HAUILNZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7SVA6BUDIQQD5XAV1HAUILNZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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