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103. In every prison in which female prisoners are imprisoned, General there shall be a matron, who shall have the care and superinten- duties. dence of the female department, and enforce upon the female prisoners the observance of the prison rules. The wards, cells, or rooms where females are confined shall be secured by locks different from those securing the wards, cells, and rooms allotted to male prisoners, and the keys shall be kept in custody of the matron.
104. With respect to her general conduct, the matron shall con- Rule of form to the rules laid down for that of the Superintendent, so far conduct. as they can be applied to the treatment and care of female prisoners. She shall be subordinate to the Superintendent and shall not absent herself from duty without his permission, or inflict any punishment except under his instructions.
105. All officers or attendants other than the Superintendent Subordinate of the gaol, the Medical Officer, and the Chaplain shall be deemed officers to be subordinate officers.
106. Subordinate officers shall not be absent from the prison Not to leave without permission, and before leaving the prison at any time the prison they shall deposit their keys and books in the office of the without Superintendent.
permission. 107. Subordinate officers shall not receive visitors in the prison Nor receive without permission of the Superintendent.
108. Subordinate officers shall perform such duties as shall be To obey directed by the Superintendent with the sanction of the visiting orders." committee.
109. Subordinate officers shall daily examine the state of the To examine cells, locks, bolts, and fastenings, and shall seize all prohibited cells, locks, articles, and deliver them forthwith to the Superintendent. &c. daily.
or from prisoners.
110. No subordinate officer shall, unless desired by the Superin- Not to convey tendent of the prison, convey any letter, parcel, article, or message to or from any prisoner. 111. Subordinate officers shall forthwith report to the Superin- Officers to tendent any irregularities or offences on part of prisoners or officers. report to 112. The officer in charge of prison discipline shall have power dent. Superinten to hear and decide any charge against a subordinate prison officer Offences by of aiding, abetting, or concealing any breach of prison discipline subordinate by a prisoner, or of other misconduct, neglect, or breach of duty prison by such officer for the trial and punishment of which provision is not otherwise made by law, and may punish him, if found guilty, with such fine as he considers suitable, subject to the approval of the Governor.
Visits and inspections.
113. One or more of the visiting committee of each prison shall visit the prison at least once in every week, and shall inspect the several wards, cells, yards, solitary or punishment cells, and other apartments or divisions of the prison, and hear the complaints (if any) of the prisoners, and inspect the journals, registers, and books of the prison, and shall call the attention of the Superintendent of the prison to any irregularity in carrying out the prison regulations, or in the discipline or behaviour of the officers, or any fault in the buildings which may appear to require observation, and may examine into and give directions respecting any cause of complaint stated by any prisoner.
114. A book shall be kept in the prison called the Visitors' Book, in which shall be entered all visits and observations made by the committee, either individually or collectively, or by the other prison visitors.
115. A visitor may see any person committed to close confineclose confinement, and may hear or receive any representation from him as to his treatment, and inquire into the same, but is not to converse or hold any other communication with him unconnected therewith.
116. Each committee shall at the end of every year and at such times as the Governor may direct, make a report in writing to the Governor as to the general state and management of the prison under its charge, accompanied by such recommendations as the committee may think proper.
1. Labour of Prisoners not ordered to be kept to Hard Labour.
Prisoners who are not ordered to be kept to hard labour shall be employed in some one or more of the following employments:Mat-making, rope-making, net-making, basket-making, tailoring and sewing, washing clothes and household linen, cleaning and whitewashing the prison in which they are confined, and any such similar services as the visiting committee of such prison may from time to time determine.
The Superintendent shall assign to every such prisoner any one or more of such employments as may be best adapted to his skill, ability and strength, and may vary such assignment from time to time as he may see fit.
The said prisoners shall be kept employed for not more than ten nor less than six hours a day, unless the Medical Officer directs any
individual prisoner to be employed for a shorter period, when such prisoner shall be employed for so long as the Medical Officer shall direct and no longer.
2. Hard Labour of First Class.
Working at the Crank or on the Treadmill is hereby appointed a description of hard labour of the first class, and it is hereby ordered that prisoners liable to be kept to hard labour of the first class may be employed on the Crank or on the Treadmill in addition to, or in lieu of, the descriptions of hard labour of the first class to which they are now liable.
I. Scale of Diet for European Prisoners.
3. Prisoners' Diet and Prison Requisitions.
II. Ordinary Scale of Diet for Native Prisoners.
Ochro 4 oz,
Palm oil oz,
Country pepper 1 drm, Ogiri 2 drams,
1 lb. of Beef and 1 lb. of Rice, or 1 lb. of Beef and 2 lbs.
III. Scale of Light or Agidi Diet for Native Prisoners.
Yams 3 lbs,
C. pepper 1 drm, C. pepper 1 drm. C. pepper 1 drm,
Ogiri 2 drams,
The same as Scale II., but 6 balls of 70 cowry agidi (the
Rice 1 lb, Greens 5 oz, Palm oil oz, Salt 3 drams,
Ogiri 2 drams,
IV. Scale of Punishment or Reduced Diet for Males and Females undergoing Hard Labour.
1. Requisitions upon the contractor shall be made each day in respect of the articles required for the following day.
2. All such requisitions shall be in writing.
3. Separate requisitions shall be made for ordinary articles of diet and for articles of diet specially ordered by the Medical Officer.
4. Requisitions for ordinary articles of diet shall be signed by the Superintendent of the prison or, in his absence, the next senior prison officer available.
5. Requisitions for articles of diet specially ordered by the Medical Officer shall be signed by that officer.
6. Palm oil required for purposes of cooking and diet, and palm oil required for lights, shall form the subjects of separate requisitions, and shall be kept distinct.
4. Rules for the Prison Dispenser.
1. The Dispenser shall be subject to the orders of the Medical Officer who shall instruct him and direct and supervise his work.
2. He shall reside in the prison and shall attend in the infirmary from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an interval of three hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. He shall not at any time be absent from the prison without the permission in writing of the Medical Officer, and if so absent he shall leave word with the gate keeper where he is to be found.
3. He shall be responsible for the correct dispensing of all prescriptions, for the proper dressing of all surgical cases which he may be directed to dress, and for the care of all medicines, medical stores, and surgical instruments and appliances in the infirmary.
4. He shall not dispense any medicament or issue any drug of any kind except upon the order of the Medical Officer.
5. He shall have all urgent cases removed to the infirmary and shall send word at once to the Medical Officer.
6. He shall see that the meals of the prisoners who have been admitted to the infirmary are served at the proper hours, and that each patient receives the diet, medicine and appliances ordered by the Medical Officer.
7. He shall act as a nurse, and shall be bound, as far as they are applicable, by the rules issued for the guidance of nurses in the public hospital.
8. He shall submit daily to the Medical Officer when he visits the prison a report containing the names of those in the infirmary and of those who desire to see the Medical Officer or who appear to him to be out of health.
9. He shall be responsible for the keeping of all the books in use in the infirmary with the exception of those directed to be kept by some other officer; and he shall prepare the requisitions for all supplies which may be needed in the infirmary.
5. The Mark System.
1. Every Convict sentenced to penal servitude or imprisonment for two years or upwards shall have his time of detention represented by a certain number of marks, and if, in accordance with these rules, he shall by hard and steady labour earn that number of marks before the expiration of the term for which he is sentenced, he shall thereupon be released.
2. Every Convict may earn a remission of one-fourth part of his
3. No marks will be granted for conduct (except as hereinafter provided), as it is only on condition of good conduct and strict obedience that Convicts are allowed to earn any remission of
4. If a Convict's conduct is bad, he will be liable to be fined by the officer in charge of prison discipline a certain number of marks according to the nature and degree of the offence, and will thus lose by his misconduct the whole or portion of the remission he may have gained by his industry.
This rule does not affect the power of the officer in charge of prison discipline to punish by other legal means, as an alternative or in addition to the forfeiture of marks, and the power to fine Convicts for any offence is restricted to 720 marks, representing a remission of three months.