An Essay on Separate and Congregate Systems of Prison Discipline: Being a Report Made to the Boston Prison Discipline Society

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W.D. Ticknor, 1846 - Prison discipline - 90 pages
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Page 36 - associated, it is extremely difficult to cut off all intercourse from without. The arrival of new, and the discharge of other convicts, form constant channels of communication. In the Eastern Penitentiary the separation from the world is certain and complete. So strict is this seclusion, that I found, on conversing with the prisoners, that they were not aware of the existence of the cholera, which had,
Page 21 - It was designed for solitary confinement without labor, and when built it was found, that there was perhaps no trade or occupation, at which a convict could work in any of the cells. It was subsequently found also, that the cells were so constructed as to admit
Page 7 - unhappy victim of the lash, streaming with blood from the whipping post — the half naked vagrant — the loathsome drunkard — the sick, suffering with various bodily pains — and too often, the
Page 84 - distinguished. 3 3 This for nine years, is six each year, or 26.20 new cases of insanity, annually, for every thousand people. Even if we suppose that there was actually no case of insanity in 1842, base our calculation on ten years it would reduce the average number of new cases among whites only, from
Page 24 - prisoners as mutually corrupting and being corrupted by each other, and as leaving the prison more confirmed in their vicious propensities than when they entered it. In
Page 23 - the. other hand, suppose such men are led by curiosity to visit the Philadelphia prison. They pass its gloomy portals, and walk up and down the long stone galleries to which all visiters are admitted. On each side are the low iron doors that secure the cells, and hide the prisoners from the view. From some there
Page 91 - equally frequent under both systems, it must produce the same consequences in both, and cannot account for any difference in their results. If, on the contrary, it is most frequent under one system, then this greater frequency itself, and all its consequences, are justly to be ascribed to that system.
Page 85 - In America, the opponents of this system have produced very erroneous impressions by the publication of certain experiments, made a few years since, of solitude without labor ; statements which have been widely circu* Rapport sur les Penitencieres
Page 174 - Upon a review of facts like those I have now detailed, it is impossible for me to hesitate in condemning the penal system of solitary confinement. Were it preferable in an economical point of view, — and the case is widely the reverse,— we could not hesitate in deciding the question between economy and humanity.
Page 88 - before the Society. We are far from supposing that that system is perfect: on the contrary, we admit that no system yet adopted fully satisfies us. The most important problem connected with Prison Discipline yet remains to be solved, namely. — How shall we give the prisoner sufficient opportunity for cultivating his moral and

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