History's HEROES? 1780 - 1845

Elizabeth Fry

What she did


Her legacy
As a result of Elizabeth Fry's work, Ladies' Committees were set up as support groups for 'sisters inside' all over Europe. Some still exist today, as far away as Canada.

In her own time, she saw the number of crimes for which a person could be hanged reduced, from over 200 to just 5, and improvements to conditions for all prisoners. Her ideas became unfashionable during the mid 19th century but found favour again from the late 19th century onwards and still underpin many of the rehabilitation programmes today.

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