Prison Problems; Propounded in Prose and Poetry

Prison Problems; Propounded in Prose and Poetry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...should be more system of earning devised for the prisoners, that they may acquire the habit of not only making, but saving, during the period of their incarceration, and particularly those who have families on the outside. This would give them a working interest in the institution, and it would cultivate the habit of diligence, industry, etc., such as we would want them to use on the outside when released. It is punishment of the most cruel character to turn a man loose from the prison with nothing in his pocket but a five dollar bill. There is no question but that the matter would be abused, but the abuse by a few should not prevent the rewarding of one who is really trying to make a man of what is left of him. Exercise, as I have said before, is the law of development, and the lack of that habit of saving is what brings many a fellow in here, to think and ponder over the past, and suffer. There is no man so miserable as he who is at a loss how to spend his time in his cell after his manual labor is over. The divinest spirit that ever appeared on earth has told us that the extension of human sympathy embraces all that is required of us either to do or to foresee. Our prison lecture course, which carries with it about $1,200 worth of the best talent on the lecture platform, is a reward that cannot be measured in its influence. The personal appearance of a prisoner should be emphasized by a respectable suit of clothes, tailor-made, laundered shirts and polished shoes, for Sundays and holidays. Now, I know that many laugh at this proposition; but when you consider that many of them have never had any of these refining influences on the outside and have subordinated their finer senses to over-indulgence of passion, it is worth while to reward them....show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490932
  • 9781236490933