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An Overview of Prisoner Types

As prisons became the chief place of punishment for a wide variety of crimes, prisoners were divided into several groups. These included those awaiting trial, hardened prisoners and those in prison for first time. Debtors made up another group and did those condemned or awaiting transportation. Different rules were applied to different groups of prisoners covering many things from quantity of food to prison visits.

Men were separated from women and to understand the conditions and treatment of prisoners it is also useful to look at several other 'classifications', such as women, infants and juveniles and the sick or infirm. This section contains reference and descriptions of a wide range of prisoners and their treatment.