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In December 1951, Norfolk Prison hosted its first international debate, against Oxford University. The debater pictured, Dick Taverne, went on to be a member of Parliament. When the prison hosted debates, church groups, local business owners, even judges and politicians would come and sit in the audience alongside inmates. Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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After Half A Century, Inmates Resurrect The Norfolk Prison Debating Society

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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into one of Northern Ireland's most controversial killings. Neil Hall/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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