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THE WORLD TO-DAY.

"Guabdian" Office, I • February 13, 1914. ; -■ The "honour system" introduced into the Nebraska State Prison a year ago, 'lias ■■■worked such wonders among the convicts that the penitentiary, according to the annual report of the warden, has bacome more like a big hotel filled with guests than a prison. While the convicts come and go just as they

please, tliey are often given permission -fco .remain away for as long as two. or threo weeks at a time while working for ■ farmers or contractors, and, to their credit, not in a single instance has- the confidence of the warden been abusod. Practically all punishment has also disappeared. With the knowledge that they are being trusted, has come the .conviction to the prisoners that they must justify that trust. Guards v/ho failed to treat tho men humanely.,. ■or did not. fall into the new spirit of the institution, were dismissed. A large portion of the convicts attend nighi; .school, and about 10 per cent, are cmi rolled in a corresponding course with the State University. And, furthermore, says tli,©; report, the drug, habit has been, entirely eliminated ahd 7:5 "fiends" have- keen reformed and made into new men. To-day a guard who would attempt to smuggle drugs into the' prison y/ould be* reported to the warden by the first prisoner to wnorn an attempt was made to seli the stuff. The. "honour" system has fully justified its adoption—not even the financial side being neglected, as the convicts earned nearly £8000 during the year, and the expense pay roll has been reduced more than £,50 a month also.

One year ago Warden Fenton took charge of the prison. His annual report, which has just been handed to the Governor, states:—"l found a deplorable condition prevailing. Not less than 75 inmates were addicted to the use of drugs. Investigation showed that the traffic was being carried on through the effective participation of some and the connivance of others N of the guards and employees." ■ f

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THE WORLD TO-DAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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THE WORLD TO-DAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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