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interests of the Society, may be addressed to
LOUIS DWIGHT, Secretary, Boston, Mass. No. 51 Court Street.
All letters concerning funds, may be addressed to
CHARLES CLEVELAND, Treasurer,
SUBJECTS OF INQUIRY CONCERNING PRISONS. 1. Situation. Is it near a town, river, or other buildings ? What is the height, length, &c. of the wall ? What is the expense, design, number of the prison buildings; and when they were erected ?
2. Interior of the yard. Is it dry, paved, watered, and drained ? Are the walls white-washed ? privies and drains cleansed ?
3. Day Rooms. What is the size, number, mode of airing, lighting, warming, cleansing, furnishing, fastening?
4. Night Cells. What is the size, number, mode of airing, lighting, warming, cleansing, furnishing, fastening?
5. Hospital. What is the salary and duty of the physician, and how is he supplied with medicine? What is the character and compensation of the nurse ?
What is the number of deaths; and of what diseases ? 6. Officers. Inspectors—their number, duty, mode of appointment, and compensation? Keeper-his name, residence, former occupation, character, duties, compensation, time of holding his office? Turnkeys—their number, duty, salary?
7. Prisoners. Their number, age, color, sex, nativity, crime, sentence, frequency of conviction ?
8. Admission of Prisoners. As to cleanliness, clothing, fees and garnish ?
9. Admission of Prisoners' Friends. Who are admitted, at what hours, and under what circumstances ?
10. Admission of Visitors. On what conditions, and by whom attended ? 11. Moral Treatment. Classification, instruction and employment ? 12. Punishments. By solitary confinement, chains, stripes, or all of them?
13. Religious Instruction. Of the chapel—its size and regulations ? Of the chaplain-his character, residence, duties and compensation? Of the Bible-number, mode of distribution ; effects, whether good or bad; perused or neglected; preserved or destroyed ?
14. Exercise. When, where, and under wbat circumstances ?, 15. Food. Its quantity, quality, mode and time of distribution ?
16. Clothing. How much, by whom supplied, how often changed and cleansed?
17. Cleanliness. Is it daily? Are soap and towels furnished? Can the prison dress be washed ? How often do they shave and cut their hair ? Is there a bath, and how often is it used ?
18. Discharge of the Prisoners. At what time in the day? With what means of providing for themselves? With clothing or money?
19. Vices of Prisoners. What are they? Any drunkenness, gambling, profane swearing, fighting, combinations against society, insurrections, false keys, weapons of death? Any rum, cards, instruments of mischief, newspapers, plates to make counterfeit bills, or dies and presses to alter them? Any counterfeit coin and moulds ? Any good or bad money? Any cases of punishment for unnatural crime? How are these things done without discovery ! How are prohibited articles obtained? Where are they concealed? What is the effect of the system on character ?