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REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE
STATE PRISON, 1840.
To His Excellency, Silas H. Jenison, Governor :
Sir:—Herewith you will receive a list of the convicts confined in the State prison at Windsor, with the commencement and duration of their several sentences, the crime of which they were convicted, place of conviction, &c., accompanied with such remarks in relation to their conduct in prison, and other circumstances, as were deemed proper and suitable to be laid before the Executive; also with a copy of the by-laws of the prison; which is all that is required by the existing law, in the way of a report from the Superintendant to the Executive department.
It is the duty of the Superintendent to exhibit to the Treasurer of the State a statement of his accounts, &c., shewing the financial condition of the prison for each year ending with the first day of October. Having done this, I might claim to have fully complied with the law of the State; and placed within the reach of the General Assembly all the information relating to the prison which they desire or expect; but as the practise has been different heretofore, I have thought, it might perhaps. be expected, that I should not entirely omit to notice the moral and physical, as well as the pecuniary condition, of the institution and its inmates.
By reference to the list of convicts, it will be seen, that there are now in prison 87, being an increase of one, only, since my last report. Of this number, thirty-two have been committed during the year. The number of recommitments, for second or third offences, is four only. The number discharged by expiration of sentence is 23; discharged by remission of sentence 8; making 31. Deaths none. Escapes none.
By the report of the keeper, as well as by my own observation, I find the conduct of the convicts has been generally good ; an unusual amount of labor has been performed, and almost uninterrupted good health has prevailed, the expense of medicine, medical attendance, &c., being merely nominal.
The chaplain reports, that the improvement of the younger convicts, in learning to read, has been rapid. In the Sabbath School, particularly, a. laudable anxiety, to excel in learning and reciting the Scriptures, has prevailed. The four books, viz: Matthew, John, Acts, and Romans, have been recited in regular lessons by the school, and 805 chapters voluntarily committed from other parts of the Bible. On the whole, the chaplain's