While the ‘Howard Associationrsquo; complain of punishments awarded to weak-minded prisoners on evidence which appeared to have been partly founded on fact, it may be useful to glance at the last report of the Prison Commissioners, where reference is made to cases of insanity. The whole number of these for the year ending March, 1900, was 116, being 21 fewer than in 1899, 34 fewer than in 1898, and 48 fewer than in 1897. Of the 116 cases certified, 78 were insane on reception; of the others, 17 showed symptoms of insanity within one month, 13 within three months, 5 within six months, and only 3 after six months. The daily average number of all prisoners was 14,500.
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