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Rules for The Governor - 1863

Rules and Regulations to be observed in the Gaol and House of Correction for the County of Huntingdon – 1863.

74. He shall not be absent from the Prison for a night without permission, in writing, from a Visiting Justice......

76. He ought to exercise his authority with firmness, temper and humanity, abstain from all irritating language, and not strike a Prisoner: he must enforce similar conduct on the Subordinate Officers.

79. He shall visit and inspect every ward, cell, yard and division of the Prison, and see every Prisoner once at least in every twenty-four hours...He shall, at least once during the week, go through the Prison at an uncertain hour of the night...

80. He shall take every precaution necessary for preventing escape, and give orders for the daily examination of the cells, bars, bolts, locks &c.; he shall direct an examination of all parcels, letters and articles, brought into the Prison, and such an examination of visitors to Prisoners as he may deem requisite in particular cases; he shall adopt proper precautions against fire.

81. He, or an Officer, shall search every Male Prisoner on his admission, excepting Debtors, and after the Prisoner has been examined and passed by the Surgeon, the Governor shall dispose of him according to the appointed rule of separation or classification.

86. .....No Prisoner, not sentenced to hard labor, shall be placed on the tread-wheel with or without his consent.

111. The Prison shall be locked for the night and the keys of the outer gate delivered to the Governor, at ten o'clock each night....The keys shall be kept by the Governor until the hour of unlocking in the morning....

115. He shall not allow convicted Prisoners to see their relations and friends until after the expiration of the first three months of their imprisonment....

120. ....He shall....allow convicted Prisoners to send and receive one letter in the course of each quarter of a year.

124. He shall direct that every Prisoner wash himself thoroughly at least once every day, and his feet at least once each week....

125. He shall direct that all Prisoners, except debtors and Misdemeanants of the first division,....go into a tepid bath at least once on each month....

132. He shall direct the distribution of food according to the prescribed scales of diet.....

135. He shall direct that no Prisoner be set to work immediately after any meal.

136. He shall see that thermometers are placed in different parts of the Prison, and that a daily record is kept of the degree of temperature.

137.He shall direct that.....12,000 feet be the maximum height which any one Prisoner shall ascend on the tread-wheel in any single day; and that measures be taken to prevent the exposure of Prisoners to cold on leaving the tread-wheel.