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The Passing of the County Jail: In Jail (Classic Reprint)
by:Stuart Alfred Queen
When the California State Board of Charities and Corrections was established by theL egislature of 1903, the interest of prison reformers was centered in the penitentiaries. This was true not only of California but of the entire United States. From the days of John Howard and the rise of penitentiaries, debates between advocates of the Auburn and the...
When the California State Board of Charities and Corrections was established by theL egislature of 1903, the interest of prison reformers was centered in the penitentiaries. This was true not only of California but of the entire United States. From the days of John Howard and the rise of penitentiaries, debates between advocates of the Auburn and the Pennsylvania systems quite obscured the evils of the county jail. Yet here and there were found people interested in petty offenders, and in 1869 Rhode Island established aS tate Workhouse which was to save men and women from imprisonment in jails and prisons, which has proved expensive and worse than useless to all concerned. But for most people the state prison with imposing buildings, large inmate population and sometimes sensational evils, appeared to be more worthy of study and philanthropic effort. When public attention turned to the needs of misdemeanants, it was restricted for the most part to the problem of sanitary jails. The first ten years of the California State Board of Charities and Corrections was a period typified by the building of PauU yjails. The first biennial report read: We are now at the commencement of an era of jail building in thisS tate. We are passing into the second stage of our history. .. .B efore the end of the decade most, if not all, of our old jails will give way to modern structures. As a matter of fact, of the fifty-eight counties inC alifornia, sixteen did erect new jails, and five more remodelled their old structures. But even in 1904 theB oard conceived the need of more fundamental changes, and on the same page with the statement of the jailbuilding program it said: We believe the time is not far distant when all persons convicted of violation of State laws will be considered and treated asS tate prisoners and confined at labor inS tate institutions. Following discussions(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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