New book details influence of longtime prison system inspector general on prison reform

The author presents the research and history of the Inspector General that changed the prison system

VICTORIAAustralia. , November 142022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Joseph Akeroyd was a schoolteacher who was appointed Inspector General of Victoria, Australia prison system in 1924. He held this position until 1947, becoming the longest-serving Inspector General of from Victoria the story. Through her experience as an educator, Akeroyd was able to conduct research that helped change prisons.

Author by Ron WilsonJoseph Akeroyd: Rediscovering a Prison Reformer”, examines the experiences, accomplishments and failures encountered by Akeroyd in the course of his work. Wilson had access to personal diaries, letters, official reports, newspaper articles and other private documents which provided insight into Akeroyd’s program which established from Victoria unique relationship combining education and prison management.

“I want to educate those who are going to teach in prisons, because I would like them to know how prisons came into existence and the reform that led to what they are now,” Wilson said. “It is important to understand the history of Joseph Akeroyd and the challenges he faced in bringing prisons to where they are now.”

The book also contains many personal stories, detailing Akeroyds’ interactions with infamous criminals. Reviewing thwarted escape plans, rectifying wrongful convictions, recording the final days of those waiting for the noose, interviewing those about to be whipped, and following up after events are presented alongside contemporary stories of modern interactions between teachers and student prisoners; some humorous, some sad, some sobering.

Joseph Akeroyd: Rediscovering a Prison Reformer”
By Ron Wilson
ISBN: 978-1-6641-0650-5 (softcover); 978-1-6641-0648-2 (e-book)
Available at Xilbris, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ron Wilson earned a doctorate. in Management and Masters in Educational Management and Leadership and Educational Research at Eltham, Victoria. He has over 35 years of experience in the field of education and vocational training. In 1996, Wilson was awarded the Civil Service Medal for Outstanding Public Service for introducing vocational education and training to from Victoria prison system. He currently lives in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. For more information, please visit:

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