It has sparked rooftop protests and cell block riots; and been home to godfathers of crime like Arthur Thompson Snr and Walter Norval. Barlinnie was also the scene of one of the most controversial experiments in penal history; the Special Unit; where the likes of Jimmy Boyle and Hugh Collins were at the centre of a fierce battle between those who see prison as retribution and those who regard it as a step on the road to redemption; even for the most evil killers. Paul Ferris; T C Campbell and gang-leaders galore have languished behind its grim walls and; a hundred years on; Barlinnie still makes headlines. This is its fascinating; turbulent story.
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