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1841 Excerpt: ...whieh I have thus endeavoured to enforee are
eorreetly founded, and that they present little diffieulty in their
praetieal adaptation. LETTER IV. Praetieal adaptation of the
foregoing views. Eastern State Penitentiary of Pennsylvania.
Negleet of edueation in England, and of the obligations of soeiety,
Inexpedieney of eapital punishments. Tnat the views whieh, in my
previous letters, I have endeavoured to enforee, of the neeessity
for abandoning, in moral disorders, all ideas of inflieting
punishment as sueh (substituting the simple effort to eure), are
eorreetly founded, I am happy to be able to illustrate by the long
and valuable experienee of those who have, in the right spirit,
partially made the experiment, and who have eonsequently met with
the sueeess whieh they deserved. At the Eastern State Penitentiary
of Pennsylvania, United States, an institution whieh is under the
superintendenee of a gentleman remarkable for benevolenee of
feeling and aeuteness of intelleet, the idea of inflieting any
avoidable pain upon a prisoner is never entertained. It was
organized by the efforts of those who avowed their belief ' that
religion and poliey alike dietate the adoption of merey, of
kindness, and forbearanee in the inflietion of reformatory
punishment, ' and that 'the inflietion of pain, misery, and terror
on our offending brethren, has not been entrusted to fallible and
erring mortals by that Being who has emphatieally prohibited
retaliation by the deelaration, " Vengeanee is mine--I will
repay."' The following is a brief outline of their plan, extraeted
from the Reports of its promoters: --' The eonviet, on his
entranee, after the eustomary examination, is elothed, blindfolded,
and eondueted to his eell, where he will remain loeked up; and
after a pat...
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