What were women’s prisons like before the 1800s? How have they changed? Before the 1800s prisons were not the same as they are today. Before the 1800s a woman was treated like the men. Women were treated just like the men were when it came to punishment. The only way a woman was spared is if the woman was pregnant. After the women would have the baby then they would be punished. Women and men were often mixed together and supervised by men guards, this often lead to the woman getting abused or exploitation. Most of the women in prison were thieves and prostitutes.

  • What were women’s prisons like before the 1800s? How have they changed? Before the 1800s prisons were not the same as they are today. Before the 1800s a woman was treated like the men. Women were treated just like the men were when it came to punishment. The only way a woman was spared is if the woman was pregnant. After the women would have the baby then they would be punished. Women and men were often mixed together and supervised by men guards, this often lead to the woman getting abused or exploitation. Most of the women in prison were thieves and prostitutes.

 

  • What are the three basic arguments established in the 1800s that supported the separation of juvenile prisoners from adult prisoners? What would happen if there were no distinction between prisons for juveniles and adults? The three different arguments were first the penitentiary regimen was to hard on tender youth. Second is juveniles would learn bad habits from older criminals and be embittered by the experience of confinement. Third is that adolescents could be reformed if they were diverted early enough into institutions designed specifically for young people their age. If their were no distinction between adult and juvenile prisons then they youth would be over ran. They would be forced in to gangs, sex, drugs, etc.

 

  • What was the purpose of prison labor? What caused the decline of prison labor? The main purpose of hard labor was that this would give the prisoner and opportunity to do something constructive instead of sitting a cell all day. This was also helping the prisoner rehabilitate. The prisoners would work on farms, road camps, or railroad camps across the states. The decline in prison work was due to President Roosevelt new deal policies in the 1930s. Then the state legislatures and congress to a better look at the effects of prison labor on the larger society. They seen that unemployment rates wore inclining this was due to cheaper labor by the prisoners. The prisoners were taking the jobs  away from free people. Congress seen this and started to do away with prison labor.

 

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