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ALLOWED TO EARN WAGES.

In time the warden talked to the. xnen and told them that as any of them showed fitness he would permit them to leave ■ the institution for short periods and walk outside the walls. But he also' told them that any abuse of the privilege naturally would rebound upon .every man of them. During the summer many were permitted to work in the harvest fields and skilled workmen received permits, to engage in the.building trades in Lincoln. Others performed manual labour and still others worked as regular farm hands. Every man of them returned to the institution and promptly handed over his wages to the warden. As their time expires this money will be turned over to them.- Never a guard went out with any prisoner, and their honour was Irusted-in every rase.

"it was an "experiment to show the -men that society is not altogether op•oosed to them, but that it is willing to trust them and give thefia a chance .if they will show they can be-trusted," says the warden in his report. ."'We, have taught the prisoners that if they, will they'-can regain their manhood. In this .respect, as in all others, the, experiment is a success. The men know they can make good and a far larger .•number have hope and determination tfo'ilo so. "The need of punishment has almost •disappeared under the new system. The 'dark hole' has been abolished; 'stringing; up", and 'chaining to the bars' are never resorted to, and I find it seldom necessary to indict even the mild' solitary confinement as a punishment," says the report. Incidentally the prisoners are taking greater interest in the institution itself. With outside "• assistance the warden has rebuilt the plumbing .system, has ,dug new wells for the water supply, has overhauled \he f-ewer--<ige system and, with the aid ©f convicts, has made of/the penitentiary something like a big club house for the ufo of the prisoners.

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ALLOWED TO EARN WAGES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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ALLOWED TO EARN WAGES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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