Separating Convicts

Convicts and transportation


John Mitchel. Jail Journal, New York, 1854

It is not easy to understand the object of so carefully separating the prisoners, and by planting each by himself n the midst of a felonious population, unless it be, by depriving them of one another’s society, to force them into an association with such miscreants as they are likely to meet, that they so may become at last the felons their enemies call them. Or, possibly, it is done with a view to more easily reducing them to singly submission. ‘Government’, of course, would like to bring us all to our knees, and present us in the attitude of begging pardon –