"In Russian and French prisons is a 1887 essay by Piotr Kropotkin. It is more than a crude and detailed description of the Russian prison system and its comparison to Western European jails. It is also a very personal document by the famous Anarchist Prince, a description of hell rooted in his own experience. Finally, it is one of the first criminology essays ever written. At a time when prison was mainly a means of control of the undomesticated poor, Kropotkin shows prison is a natural outcome of an unjust social system. Discover this edition enriched with original preface and biography.