Francis Scougal was one of the pseudonyms of Felicia Skene (1821
1899), a writer and philanthropist, who also wrote fiction and
religious works. She was particularly noted for her work with
'fallen women' and in the campaign for penal reform. This 1889 work
was the result of ten years prison-visiting at Oxford Gaol. She
argues for greater emphasis on rehabilitation of prisoners: they
will be bound to re-offend if they are treated inhumanly while
imprisoned and as outcasts when released. She argues against
mandatory sentencing, on the grounds that individual cases cannot
be treated identically; and opposes capital punishment, both
because miscarriages of justice are bound to occur at times, and
also because it does not act as a deterrent. Her non-judgmental
account is remarkably modern. For more information on this author,
see http: //orlando.cambridge.org/public/svPeople?person_id=skenfe
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