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Description of Discharge of Prisoners London

An extract outlining the options for prisoners on discharge and how they were dealt with.

The prisoner comes to the office of the society at 39, Charing Cross, with the papers of his discharge, including one of the forms stating that he is recommended by the governor of the prison which he has left. This paper specifies his registered number in the prison, his name and sentence, his age on conviction, religion and education, date and place of conviction, nature of crime, previous convictions and nature of crimes, character in separate confinement, character on public works, trade and degree of proficiency, capacity for hard labour, the employment desired, the prisoner's willingness to emigrate, amount of gratuity due, probable period of discharge, with any remarks which the governor may think fit to add. The society disposes of its clients in three ways - first by obtaining employment for them; secondly by enabling them to return to their friends; and thirdly by assisting them to emigrate.