Memorials of Millbank, and Chapters in Prison History by Arthur GriffithsMemorials of Millbank, and Chapters in Prison History by Arthur Griffiths

Memorials of Millbank, and Chapters in Prison History

byArthur Griffiths

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. THE WOMEN. It is a well-established fact in prison logistics that the women are far worse than the men. When given to misconduct they are far more persistent in their evil ways, more outrageously violent, less amenable to reason or reproof. For this there is more than one explanation. No doubt when a woman is really bad, when all the safeguards, natural and artificial, with which they have been protected are removed, further deterioration is sure to be rapid when it once begins. Again, the means of coercion in the case of female prisoners are necessarily limited. While a prompt exhibition of force cannot fail sooner or later to bring an offending male convict to his senses, a woman continues her misconduct unchecked, because such methods cannot be put into practice against her. Although in some cases the men have made a temporarily successful fight against discipline, in the long run they have been compelled to succumb. On the other hand there are instances known of women who have maintained for months. nay years, an unbroken warfare with authority, and who have won the day in the end. Never beaten, they continued till the day of their release to set every one at defiance. That obstinacy which has passed into a proverb against the sex, supported them throughout; this, and a species of hysterical mania, the natural outcome of their highly-strung nervous system. A curious example of their strength of physical endurance, and their almost indefatigable persistence in wrong-doing, deserves to be mentioned here, though it occurred some years later on. A strange fancy all at once seized a number of women occupying adjoining cells to drum on their doors with the soles of their feet. There is no evidence to show when or how this desire first showed itself; bu...
Title:Memorials of Millbank, and Chapters in Prison HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.33 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021751331X

ISBN - 13:9780217513319