Results of the System of Separate Confinement; As Administered at the Pentonville Prison

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... that in a great deal of the reasoning of Captain Maconochie, and in his principles, so far as they are applied to what I have ventured to term the second stage in a prisoner's treatment, I very much concur. 6687. Then, in fact, I understand from your Lordship's explanation, that you consider, under the separate, system that the penal and reformatory elements exist concurrently?--Clearly. 6688. And that the real effect of this sentence (i. e., a sentence in the evidence previously given by his Lordship) would be, that you would be sorry to see solitude, as the more penal part, diminished?--Yes. No. X. Some persons, who are decided advocates of Separation, question the necessity for "separate" exercising yards, partitions in Chapel, and cap peaks for covering the face during the very few minutes occupied in passing from one part of the prison to another. They contend that the separation may be maintained rigorously without these precautions. It appears to me, however, that these expedients can hardly fail to increase, more or less, the rigour of the discipline. But it is important that it should be known, that the object of these arrangements is not merely to cut off the communication more completely, but also to prevent the mutual recognition of prisoners after their liberation. Indeed this may almost be considered as the primary object of these means of seclusion. Now that the convicts are associated for long terms at the public works, this object is of little importance in their case; but in County and Borough prisoners it is an object of very great importance. When a prisoner, not yet hardened in crime, becomes known as a criminal by all the rogues and vagabonds that pass through the prison during the period of bis incarceration, the...

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