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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. .
1854, to December 31st, 1854,
“ female 6
Governor's pardon, :: 32
. . 26 of the prisoners who were here on the 1st of January, 1854,
there were discharged on expiration of term,
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,
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,
Crimes for which Prisoners noro here were Convicted and Sentencod.
Murder in the 1st degree, (in during life)
2 2 1
1 1 1 1
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
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