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To His EXCELLENCY William A. Barstow,

Governor of Wisconsin : In pursuance of my official duty, as prescribed by section 6, of chapter 477, of the Session Laws of 1852, the undersigned, Com. missioner of the State Prison of the State of Wisconsin, begs leave to present the following report of the affairs and condition of said Prison for the year 1854 :

Whole No. of convicts confined in the prison from January

1st, 1854, to the 31st day of December, 1854. .
Of which num. there were here on the 1st day of January,

1854,
Num. of convicts received into the prison from January 1st,

1854, to December 31st, 1854,
Num. of male prisoners received during the year,

“ female 6
Num. of prisoners discharged on expiration of term,

Governor's pardon, :: 32
Whole num. discharged during the year,
Num. of male prisoners discharged,

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: “ female "
of the prisoners who were here on the 1st of January, 1854, .
* there were discharged on pardon

. . 26 of the prisoners who were here on the 1st of January, 1854,

there were discharged on expiration of term,

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of the prisoners received here during the year there were

discharged on pardon, of the No. of prisoners discharged on pardon,; there were

discharged one day before expiration of term, of the No. of prisoners discharged on pardon there were

discharged from two months, to eighteen months before expiration of term,

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Whole No. of prisoners now here on the 31st day of Dea.

1854, Of which No. there were here on the 1st of Jan. 1854,

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Milwaukee,
Marquette,
Dodge,
Rock,
Racine,
Sauk,
Kenosha,
Bad Ax,
Columbia,
Waukesha,
Dane,
Jefferson,
Oraukee,
Washington,

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Crimes for which Prisoners noro here were Convicted and Sentencod.

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Murder in the 1st degree, (in during life)
Murder in the 2d degree,
Murder in the 3d degree,
Manslaughter in the 1st degree,
Manslaughter in the 2d degree,
Burglary,
Rape,
Larceny,
Robbery,
Passing counterfeit money,
Embezzlement or robbing mail,
Uttering counterfeit bills,
Perjurt
Housebreaking, with intent to commit larceny,
Having in possession counterfeit money,
Forgery,
Burglary and Larceny,
Larceny in dwelling house,
Larcen y in sbop
Assault with dangerous weapons, with intent to steal
Adultery with daughter,

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Carpenters,
Farmers,
Blackbrniths,
Shoemakers,
Barbers,
Pedlere,
Engineer,
Sailors,
Tinsmiths,
Masons,
Cook,

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Clergyman,
Seamstress,
Laborers,
Cabinet-maker,
Baker,
Brick-maker,
Engraver,
Butchers,
Stone-cutter,
Overseer on railroad,
Physician,
Painter,
Paper folder,
Fisherman,
Hotel-waiter,
Jeweller,

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MENTAL QULTIVATION OF THE PRISONERS.

Of the prisoners now here about one fourth of them po88e88 more

than a common education.

Number who can read and write
Number who can neither read nor write

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When I took charge of the prison, in January last, there were many of the younger class of prisoners who could read but very poorly, and had never written a word in their lives. I have deemed it my duty to use all proper means, consistent with my position, to effect, if possible, an improvement in the mental and moral condition of the convict, and with that object in view, I induced a large number of them to devote such hours as were not occupied in the employ of the state in the study of reading, writing and arithmetic, under the instruction of teachers appointed from among the convicts, and in presence of one or more of the prison officers. The experiment has proved successful beyond my most sanguine expectations, and the resnlt is indeed gratifying. Such

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