The Retrospective: Scum.
The British borstal system was a poor attempt at rehabilitation. There was not even an attempt to help, in reality it was an excuse to be violent and let them be violent in a confined space for however long their sentence was. The place was barely ruled by the guards who would strike the inmates and abuse them, completely dehumanising them and making them more dangerous as they came to accept it as normality. The theory behind it is even more dreadful and it led to the violent becoming more violent and the weak and uneducated being punished for not being good enough. It completely shattered all confidence and morality that they might have had beforehand. It was awful and Scum depicts it so well that it can be hard to stomach and grim but enthralling. It’s almost horror.