Historical Overviews of Guyana's Prisons, 1814-1966

These documents provide an historical overview of Guyana's prisons during the British colonial period, 1814-1966. These documents were created at the request of Guyana's Prison Service.

Over the past two years there has been a general shift in models of incarceration in the former British colony of Guyana, from punishment (punitive measures) to correction and rehabilitation (via training and education). Yet, Guyana’s government, Prison Service and general public know very little about the history of the country’s jails, particularly during the British colonial period (1814-1966).