MacDonnell, Hercules. 'Prisons and prisoners - suggestions as to treatment and classification of criminals'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. X Part LXXIX, 1898/1899, pp441-452
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. X Part LXXIX 1898/1899
The English Prison Commissioners in their Report for 1897
say:—"It is, perhaps, obvious, and, at the same time, it cannot
too often be impressed on the public mind, that, under
the law of the land, imprisonment in a local prison follows as
a penalty, with or without hard labour, in default of a fine
for offences which vary enormously in their degree of criminality.
In some of these indeed, the element of criminality may almost
be said to be absent. Thus is created the great and difficult
problem of prison administration, by the fact that by deprivation
of the liberty of the individual, by means of imprisonment,
which theoretically, should only be had recourse to when the
interests of society would suffer from the offender being at
large, has, in the course of time, come to be made use of as
an ordinary mechanical punishment for every new offence
created by the legislature."
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