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CITY OF BOSTON.

IN BOARD OF ALDERMEN, July 1, 1872. The Special Committee of the Board of Aldermen, who were appointed to inspect the prisons and houses of detention within the County of Suffolk, and make the examinations and reports required by the Statutes of the Commonwealth, beg leave to submit the following report:

HOUSE OF INDUSTRY.

The committee visited the House of Industry at Deer Island on the 15th of June, 1872. The previous inspection was made on the 24th of November, 1871. The number of commitments during this period of two hundred and four days was as follows:

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The number discharged during the same time was as follows:

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579

Remaining at last report, Nov. 24, 1871 .
Committed from Nov. 25, 1871, to June 15, 1872,

inclusive

2,730

Total

3,309

Discharged from Nov. 25, 1871, to June 15, 1872,

inclusive

2,694

615

Remaining June 15, 1872
Males, 356; Females, 259

615

The male prisoners have been employed as carpenters, blacksmiths, painters, shoemakers, taking care of barns, piggery, farming, grading, and various other kinds of labor about the premises. The female prisoners have been employed in making clothing, washing, ironing, mending, scrubbing, knitting, nursing, cooking, etc.

Solitary confinement is the punishment inflicted.

There are four hundred cells in both prisons — two hundred in each. It appears that two hundred and fifteen prisoners were lodged outside of cells at the date of the inspection, namely, one hundred and fifty-six (156) males and fifty-nine (59) females. The chapel has to be used as a dormitory to lodge a portion of the male prisoners. The attention of the City Council is earnestly called to the necessity of providing additional sleeping accommodations for the inmates of this institution.

The following table shows the increase in prisoners since 1868: No. of inmates June 15, 1868, Males, 133; Females, 201

1869,
174;

233 1870,

204 1871,

244 356;

259 An increase of two hundred and twenty-three (223) male prisoners and fifty-eight (58) female prisoners in four years.

141; 218;

66

1872,

HOUSE OF REFORMATION.

The Committee visited the House of Reformation on the same day. The number of commitments since Nov. 24, 1871, was as follows: Truants

63 Juvenile vagrants

43 Larceny

12 Stubborn children

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191

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The number discharged was as follows :By expiration of sentence - Directors on probation " Transfer to proper schools 66 Death

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Recapitulation.
Remaining as per last report
Committed from Nov. 25, 1871, to June 15, 1872, in-

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clusive

119

442

Discharged

131

Remaining June 15, 1872 Boys 275, Girls 36.

311

311

From the date of the last inspection in May 1, 1872, all of the inmates of the department attended school. Since May 1st an average of eighty-five boys has been employed on the farm and other outside labor.

The modes of punishment are solitary confinement and feruliug.

HOUSE OF CORRECTION.

The committee visited the House of Correction at South Boston on the 24th of June, 1872. At the previous inspection, on the 16th December, 1871, there were in the institution, Males

331 Females

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Total

386

The number of persons committed from Dec. 16th, to
June 24, 1872, inclusive, has been, -
Males

309 Females

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Total

365

Remaining in the institution June 24, 1872,
Males
Females

315

64

Total

379

The offences for which the prisoners have been committed,

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Larceny
Assault and battery
Common drunkards
Assault
Adultery
Larceny from the person
Forgery
Vagabond
Breaking and entering a building with intent to steal

therein
Larceny in a building
Idle and disorderly
Wilfully driving away a horse without right
Assault upon an officer
Polygamy
Assault with a dangerous weapon
Unlawfully receiving stolen property
Drunkenness
Unlawfully keeping for sale intoxicating liquors
Disturbing the peace
Indecent exposure
Attempt to break and enter a building with intent to

steal
Wantonly breaking window-glass
Embezzlement
Assault with intent to ravish
Indecent assault

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