These exercise yards at Mt Eden Prison were designed when Captain Arthur Hume was inspector general of prisons, from 1880 to 1909. The yards contain 'bull rings', around which inmates marched in silence. Hume believed that prisons should be a 'reformative deterrent', with harsher conditions than those experienced on the outside. He tried to restrict all communication between prisoners, but this proved hard to police with the overcrowded conditions in most prisons.
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Reference: Greg Newbold, The problem of prisons: corrections reform in New Zealand since 1840. Wellington: Dunmore, 2007, p. 26
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