Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Mole, Robert, 1927 - , Interviewee, Male, Prison Governor; Royal Naval service;
Speaker: Pallett, T., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Governor of H M Prison Welford Road Leicester during 1980s recalls his life and experience of working in the Prison Service. Describes childhood, education and early working life in Durham. Describes joining the Prison Service in 1961 and being posted to Wandsworth prison in London. Talks about being an Assistant Governor for borstals, and training in sociology, psychology and criminology before becoming a governor. Describes his work at Leicester Prison, commenting on the overcrowding and different types of prisoner. Talks about the conditions and facilities in the prison and the programme of new prisons being built. Describes the prison building. Talks about the role and demands of being a Prison Governor. Describes the relations between prisoners and Prison Officers, the daily prison routine and health facilities. Mentions last executions at the prison and the visit of the Chief Inspector of Prisons in 1984.
Place of birth: Philadelphia, County Durham
Education: Grammar school
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Miner
Location: County: Leicestershire, Durham
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Durham
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 14/5/1985
Playing time: 50 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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