Sunday, 25 September 2011

Inspector's Report for Brantford Gaol 1880

1880 Statistics Brantford Gaol

# prisoners committed during the year -  295
Total days stay  - 7254
Cost of food, clothing & fuel  - $716.30
Average cost per day for each prisoner  .09¢

Brantford Gaol Report

Number of prisoners committed during the year - 295
Greatest number confined at any one time – 35
Number of re-Committals – 113
Total cost of maintaining gaol $2,357.26

the old stone of the original gaol
My first inspection of this gaol was made on the 16th March, when cleanliness and good order prevailed in every part of the gaol. Proper discipline was also maintained.

The want of work for the male prisoners was then principal defect in the gaol management, but I was glad to learn that in a few days a supply of cordwood was to be delivered, so that the prisoners might be employed in cutting it.

There were no prisoners in custody for serious offences, and none of the males were eligible for transfer to the Central Prison. The gaoler was informed that the two lunatics then in the gaol would immediately be removed to the Hamilton Asylum.

Tenders for the work of making certain alterations in the gaol entrance had been received, but I learned that action respecting them would not be taken until the next meeting of the County Council. As public executions have been abandoned, I recommended that when the other alterations were in progress, the grated opening in the upper rear hall should be closed, as it only kept that portion of the gaol very cold.

The gaol records were examined and found to be well and properly kept. As there was no dietary book, I sent up one of the regulation form.

the jail is attached to the superior court of Ontario, another historic building
I made a second statutory inspection of the Brantford Gaol, on the 15th June. There were then in custody 9 men, 7 women and a female child. All were under sentence for drunkenness, and kindred offences, except two men awaiting trial on a charge of larceny of wheat. The male prisoners were at work at the alterations then in progress, and the women in laundry and domestic work. The Sheriff was requested to bring to the notice of the Council, the desirableness of making some proper provision for an old woman, who has been continuously in gaol for the last four years.

The alterations and repairs to the gaol structure, referred to in previous report, were approaching completion. They will vastly improve the sanitary and structural condition of the gaol, and will enable its work in all details to be much more satisfactorily carried on.

I recommend for the consideration of the Council, that the drain from the water-closets, in the front entrance corridors, should be carefully examined, so that it might be known whether the sewerage was being properly carried away; that the alcove in the transept leading to the female corridors should be shelved and a door placed upon it, in order that it might be used as a clothes store, and that a coal and stone shed be built with the old brick then in the yard.

~this report is included in the book "Annual report of the inspector of asylums, prisons and....Ontario. Office of Prisons and Public Charities" and is freely available on Google Books

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