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Rules Covering Complaints on Prisoner Behaviour - 1863

An outline of some of the offences and breach of the regulations that may occur by prisoners and how they would be dealt with. Rules and Regulations to be observed in the Gaol and House of Correction for the County of Huntingdon – 1863

90.- [The Governor] has power to hear all complaints touching any of the following offences; that is to say, disobedience to the Rules of the Prison, common assaults by one Prisoner upon another, profane cursing and swearing, indecent or irreverent behaviour at chapel by Prisoners, absence from chapel without leave, and idleness or negligence in work, or wilful damage or mismanagement of it by any Prisoner under charge or conviction. He is to examine any person touching such offences, and may determine thereupon; and he may punish all such offences by ordering any offender to close confinement in a refractory or solitary cell, and by keeping such offender upon bread and water for any term not exceeding three days; and he shall report any repetition of such offences, or any of a worse character, to the Visiting Justices.

251.- ...Offenders may be placed in irons (but not for more than twenty-four hours at one time, without a written order from a Visiting Justice.) In cases of greater or repeated offence, a Visiting or other Justice may order close confinement for a month, or personal correction in the case of Prisoners convicted of felony, or sentenced to hard labour.