Crime and its punishment, and life in the penitentiary

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 Excerpt: ...have their confidence and love. Let them do this, and they will render him a true and valuable service. There is no hope of the reformation of any man who suffers the sentence of violated law, until he is made to feel that his punishment is just, and that it is certain. When he comes to understand this,--to feel that it is just and right, and that bitter as it is he musteidure it, there is hope that he may be led to a true repentance and genuine reformation. He will settle down to the stern and terrible fact, that he must spend these years in prison, and it will not be difficult to lead him to enter upon such a course of reading and study, and upon such habits of life as will render these years of some value to him. He becomes settled in his thoughts, and plans, passes his time usefully, feeling that his sufferings are right and just, and when his term expires, and he goes out, he carries with him no bitterness, and has no wrongs or grievances to revenge upon society. Of such a man there is hope. One of the most serious embarrassments we have to contend with in our prison work, is this hope of an early pardon, almost universally cherished by our convicts. A hope inspired by the promise of some sympathizing friend;--a hope to be disappointed in most cases, aud yet producing an unsettled condition of the convict's mind, keeping him in constant excitement, and leading in the end, to a bitter and revengeful spirit. Let impartial and inflexible justice be recognized, in the infliction of punishment. 3. A third principle to be recognized in the punishment of crime, is the Manhood Of The Convict. Though a criminal and base, meriting the punishment he endures, yet is he a man, possessing the characteristics and elements of our common nature, and his punishment shou...

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