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Early 20th century prisoners
« on: Sunday 12 June 16 22:49 BST (UK) »
I came across a 1916 newspaper article which outlined the conviction of four females.  The first got 3 months hard labour, the second 6 weeks and the other two were sentenced to 1 month in the second division.

Does anyone know what constituted hard labour for a woman and what the second division was (Im guessing its not football   ;D )

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Re: Early 20th century prisoners
« Reply #1 on: Monday 13 June 16 08:57 BST (UK) »
The Prison Act 1898 made provision for the courts to classify into three divisions those sentenced to imprisonment without hard labour.
The Second Division of Misdemeanants were subject to a less rigorous treatment than those sentenced to "Hard Labour". They included debtors and offenders whose acts, though legally criminal, involved nothing dishonourable or disgraceful.

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Re: Early 20th century prisoners
« Reply #2 on: Monday 13 June 16 09:06 BST (UK) »
For details of the three divisions see http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hsp/

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Re: Early 20th century prisoners
« Reply #3 on: Monday 13 June 16 09:46 BST (UK) »
For details of the three divisions see http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hsp/

The previous page, 166, describes hard labour.

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Re: Early 20th century prisoners
« Reply #4 on: Monday 13 June 16 22:50 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Stan - great information

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Re: Early 20th century prisoners
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 14 June 16 11:08 BST (UK) »
Just to add that Section 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1948 abolished the prison divisions together with penal servitude and hard labour.

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