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66 The ultimate punishment was a 'haircut'. In later years this ca me to mean a severe verbal admonition, but in the early days of the project could result in an actual haircut, with male residents having their heads shaved, and female residents being forced to wear a stocking-cap. The loss of hair was meant to demonstrate the individual's commitment to the co mmunity and to give them something back in return for their concern and support. 67 Alongside the hierarchy and the use of discipline, the chief therapeutic tool was the Encounter.
Between 1961 and 1971 the number of registered charities rose from 1,182 to 76,648. This dramatic increase can largely be accounted for by the introduction of more efficient methods for registering charities, but it is estimated that around 10,500 of these were entirely new organisations. 45 Same of these organisations such as Child Poverty Action Group and Shelter were concerned with the 'rediscovery' of poverty in the 1960s.
Harris told Coon that there was to be a meeting of members of the underground to discuss what could be done about the injustice of the drug laws and the escalating number of arrests for drug offences. 25 Coon had particular reason to believe that the system was unfair: her lamaican boyfriend had recently been sentenced to two years imprisonment for the possession of a single The 'New'? New Soda I Movements and the Work of Release 43 'joint' of cannabis. 26 This gave Co on same experience of the legal world and also the inspiration for the name of the organisation - 'Release' because she was trying to get her boyfriend released from prison.
Voluntary Action and Illegal Drugs: Health and Society in Britain since the 1960s by Alex Mold