The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral … it prepares us to live more humanely in the present, and to meet rather than to foretell, the future - Carl Becker. Becker's quote reminds us of the importance of revealing and understanding historical practices in order to influence actions in the future. There are compelling reasons for uncovering this history, in particular to better inform government policy makers and health advocates, and to address the impacts of growing community expectations to 'make the punishment fit the crime'.
Weston, K. M., McCarthy, L. R., Meyering, I. Barrett., Hampton, S. & Mackinnon, T. (2018). Health behind bars: can exploring the history of prison health systems impact future policy?. Journal of Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine: an international journal of forensic and legal medicine, 54 50-52.