Prison Discipline Society


IN the report of the Prison Discipline Society (for 1841), it is said that in the pauper asylum at Boston there is one strong chain, rarely used. Wristbands and confinement to their rooms are the usual modes of restraint. Dr. Conolly, the superintendent of the asylum at Hanwell, uses for patients taking off or destroying their dresses, strong ones secured round the waist by a leathern belt, fastened by a small lock. p389 For those destroying collars and cuffs with their teeth, a leathern binding for these parts of the dress. For those not lying down at night, warm boots, fastened round the ankle by a small lock. For those who strike or tear, sleeves terminating in a stuffed undivided glove. This, says Dr. Bell, constitutes the reform entitled the nonrestraint system ; and, in point of fact, has been the mode of treatment for years in the American asylums. Dr. Woodward uses mittens and wristbands for those tearing and striking, and for the suicidal. For the striking and tearing for a short period only. Pledges of word and privation of privilege he has known suffcient in many cases, and he considers them generally of great importance. At the Maclean asylum the patients on the Sabbath attend various churches in the vicinity. In the afternoon, a sermon is delivered to those unsafe to trust out. In the State Asylum of Ohio, Dr. Awl, the superintendent, offciates in the evening, and on the Sabbath reads a sermon. There is a regular chaplain at the Connecticut Retreat, and the Massachusetts State Asylum. In the State Asylum of Maine, on Sunday the ministers in Augusta take it by turns to preach : and each evening there are prayers, Scripture read, and a hymn : nearly all the patients attend. Land varies in asylums from twenty to one hundred and twenty acres : an acre to a patient. a good rule.