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(An open letter to the home secretary -- at that time, May, 1909, the Right Honourable Herbert John Gladstone, M.P.) Printed in 'The Nation.'

Sir: -- In addressing you, I desire to say that I do so with a gratitude and respect that must be shared by those who know how much you have already done for the improvement of our prison system.

I head this letter "Solitary Confinement" because, though the expression has long been officially abandoned in favour of the term "Separate Confinement," it more adequately defines the seclusion undergone by prisoners in closed cells, and distinguishes that system from a practice obtaining in local prisons of setting prisoners to work separately in their cells with open doors (when it is impossible to find them work in association).

Solitary, or closed-cell, confinement -- that is to say, complete seclusion every day for nearly . . .

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