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Behind bars

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New books by former AJ editor and authority on prisons Leslie Fairweather are always eagerly awaited, not just by architects but also by literate criminals and excons. His just-published Prison Architecture: Policy, Design and Experience (ButterworthHeinemann) will be no exception.

Fairweather earns the gratitude of the incarcerated by his generous provision of plans. Whether you are cooped up in a 'typical radial prison' like Pentonville (1842) or a 'new generation one' like Lancaster Farms (1993), a photocopied page of Leslie's book could bring an early return to your loved ones.

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