A conference of representatives of societies for the aid of discharged prisoners, managers of voluntary homes for inebriates, and governors and chaplains of prisons, was held at Birmingham. In the course of a discussion upon homes for inebriates the Rev. G. P. Merrick, speaking on behalf of the Prison Commissioners, is reported to have said that he was at liberty to state that the Government was prepared to provide a prison building for the reception of inebriates, but they had left the matter to the discretion of the county councils and other local authorities. Those bodies, however, had not taken up the matter to the extent which was anticipated. The law would certainly step in if the local authorities did not make the necessary provision.—Times, November 2nd, 1900.
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