Punch,  44 (1863), 53.

Comfortable Convicts



News-Commentary, Drollery

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Crime, Sanitation, Health, Nutrition, Hydropathy

    Discusses the conclusions reached by Henry H M Herbert (4th Earl of Carnarvon) following his inspection of 'our pet-prisons', noting the high quality of the food, clothes, and cells enjoyed by the prisoners. Believes that 'such care is shown to keep them all in happiness and health, that one might fancy them inmates of a medical establishment, such as we find at Malvern or among the German baths'. Anticipates that 'if this state of things goes on, there will be yearly greater numbers of persons who are anxious to gain entrance to a gaol', and thus people will be committing crimes to enjoy better food. The illustration shows a convict enjoying his comfortable cell—smoking a cigar and reading a newspaper.

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