Foreign News: From Cradle to Gallows

Even condemned murderers in death cells may soon feel the motherly touch of Britain's welfare state. Harley Cronin, general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, recently wrote as follows to the Prison Commission: "After a long spell of waiting, both the prisoner and the staff get thoroughly tired of playing cards, chess, etc., and the provision of wireless would be a boon . . . With careful selection suitable programs could be tuned into." At week's end the Home Office, which supervises British prisons, still had the request under consideration.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!