Report of the Special Committee on State Prison

Report of the Special Committee on State Prison : Submitted March 29, 1855 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Report of the Special Committee on State Prison: Submitted March 29, 1855 There are few men who have been sentenced to the State Prison - no matter for what od'ense, no matter what may have been their former character - who, when an opportunity is offered them to escape by stepping on board of a ship bound from our shores, would not take advantage of it, and thus regain their liberty. From the numerous escapes that have been effected under cover of this system in this State, we cannot but recommend that it be discontinued, asfar as they are allowed to leave the Prison grounds, and that those selected within the Prison should be selected with the greatest care. The convicts at the Prison are engaged in making brick, on grounds adjoining the Prison nuds, which are well adapted for the purpose, and under the control of General stell. Those at Marin Island are engaged at quarrying stone from an excellent quarry, which we understand is owned by General Estell. The Committee having ascertained the present market value of brick and stone in the city of San Francisco, and the quantity that can be furnished by convict labor, are well satisfied that, with ordinary energy and judgment, the institution can be made not only a self-supporting institution, but even profitable. Yet the Committee are assured by the lessee that he has lost, by keeping the State pris oners, under his present contract, These losses, he informs us, occurred in consequence of bad management in the Prison matters, and that only in the last six months has he been able to make any profit on the Prison labor. He has now favorable contracts for furnishing bricks and stone, in the city of San Francisco, and that he has realized profit in the last six months. From evidence, your Committee believe that, with ordinary care, a profit of one dollar per day to the convict may be realized, over and above all necessary expenses, such as food, clothing, guards, and working tools. Estimating the number of working convicts at three hundred, we have, by this calculation, per week, or clear profit per year. This calculation is made upon the supposition that favorable contracts can be made for the delivery of bricks and stone in the city of San Francisco, or at a place no further from the Prison. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical more

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