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REFORMATION OF CRIMINALS.
AN APPENDIX; ..
CONTAINING THE LATEST REPORTS
OF THE STATE-PRISONS OR PENITENTIARIES OF
AND OTHER DOCUMENTS.
BY WILLIAM ROSCOE, ESQ.
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, STRAND,
JOHN AND ARTHUR ARCH, CORNHILL.
No. I. Report of the State Prison of Philadelphia, in
1791 . ............. 1
No. y. Description of the Massachusetts State Prison,
1817 . . . . . . . . . . . .'. 74
X. Report of the House of Correction, at Preston,
1818 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
XII. Postscript. Report of the Philadelphia State Pri-
PENAL JURISPRUDENCE, &c.
ON THE MOTIVES AND END OF PUNISHMENT.
A VERY sincere and strenuous advocate for a modification in the severity of our penal laws, whose various publications on this subject have greatly contributed to its full and impartial discussion, has lately published a Tract,* in which he contends, that the sentiment of anger is not only allowable in criminal jurisprudence, but that attempts to extirpate it must be vain, and if successful would be injurious ;f in ad
* Some Enquiries respecting the Punishment of Death for Crimes without violence, by Basil Montagu, Esq.m-Lond. 1818.
† " That every check ought to be opposed to the horrid excesses of this turbulent passion; that we should be slow in believing the existence of enormity, and cautious not to be prejudiced by the sudden manifestation of guilt, is indispensable; but that attempts to extirpate anger must be vain, and if successful would be injurious, will be doubted only by those who have not reflected, or reflected but to little purpose, on their own natures,” p.7.