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Care of Women in State Prisons
			
    THE CARE OF WOMEN IN STATE PRISONS.

  (With the hope that altruistic philanthropy will take an interest in
the suffering of Negro women in the prisons of the South, this article
is copied to extend its circulation.--Editor.)
  As early as the year 1817 Elizabeth Fry demanded for
women prisoners: religious instruction in prison, classifica-
tion, employment, and the exclusive  care  of  women  by
women. After a delay of nearly one hundred years these
reforms have been instituted in nearly all women's prisons.
Notable among these beneficent, reformative institutions are
the State Prison for Women at Auburn, N.Y., and the Sher-
born Reformatory Prison for Women at South Framing-
ham, Mass.
     THE SHERBORN REFORMATORY PRISON FOR WOMEN.
  The Sherborn prison buildings are situated on a stretch
of rolling land, one-half mile from the town of South Fram-
ingham. They are built of substantial brick and adorned
with clinging vines that creep upward  from  the  glossy
lawns. No forbidding walls surround them; they are clean-
swept by the winds, with courts and windows open to the
health-giving sunshine.   Vision is not restricted to "the
little patch of blue that prisoners call the sky," the whole
firmament is theirs to contemplate. Mrs. Jesse D. Hodder
is the warden in charge at Sherborn. Previous to her in-
stallation as warden of this penal institution, she had had
a long and thorough training in the social department of the
Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Lancaster Re-
form School for Girls. Mrs. Hodder is especially efficient in
handling that very difficult social problem-the problem of
sex. Through her labors in this department, she has come to
                          (430)




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 28, Num. 1

Care of Women in State Prisons

Volume:  28
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  430
Date:  07/1911


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