Prison Life 1825 – 1844

Prisoners in the workshop. This image was staged and taken for the International Red Cross Visit.
In 1825, prisoners were paid for extra work so that they could buy soap and some tobacco which was not part of their monthly rations. They were expected to also cook their own rations, but with no cooking facilities, most of them went without food at lunch time.
The Prison Regulations of 1844 intensified control of the prisoners, and included not allowing any prisoner to use tobacco or snuff, and denied prisoners the right to receive or send letters. The Regulations also stipulated that prison officers must not overlook the slightest infringement or irregularities they observed among the convicts, no matter how inconsequential and trivial it was.
Prisoners in the workshop making shoes, staged as part of the International Red Cross Visit.

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