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ment necessary and who cannot be trusted with the measure of freedom
to b granted men in the main penitentiary.
This numbr for several years has averaged 300 to 400. As soon as the
record of any entitles him to consideration he will be transferred to the
Madison county prison." -
The scheme for the smaller prison has not been fully worked out, but
the tentative plans now is to lease a site where there is clay for the manu
facture of brick and tile, take an option for its purchase and buy It if it
proves to be what is wanted. f
"Any man who approaches the prison question in the spirit of the jailer
must take to the woods," the governor said. "If there's anything that so
ciety has tried and made a complete failure of, it is the old-time method of
dealing with so-called criminals. It
is only within the past three or four
years that Ohio has been ahead of the
methods of the dark ages, excepting
at the Mansfield Reformatory. I
knew this when I took up the subject.
When I saw the great work being
done at Mansfield by Dr. Leonard and
the great work at Warrensville farm
at Cleveland by Dr. Cooley, I saw in
an instant what the state must do in
its operation of the pen.
"These institutions should be an in
spiration to every citizen. The War
rensville farm is the greatest thing
that Cleveland has. It is the most
important department that Cleveland
or any other city in America has.
"The state has spent $100,000 in
rebuilding and trying to improve that
human catch basin in Columbus and
trying to make a decent prison out
of it. No amount of money could
make a good pen of it. I felt I would
-sooner ask for the prison farm than
to ask for the justifying of the expen
diture of hundreds of thousands more
on the old plant, and the legislature
appropriated $250,000 for the farm,
after a farm prison had been recom
mended by a commission.
"Then, acting under the legislative
instructions, I selected Lieut-Gov.
Greenlund, Dr. Cooley, Dr. Leonard
and Dr. Shepard as a commission to
pick the farm, and they have chosen
the Madison county site.
"It contains more than 600 acres of
virgin forest," and the governor's
eyes flashed with enthusiasm.
"We're goingto cut down that
forest and use, the w.od where it is'
needed in the new pen. We are go
ing to haul trees to .the pen furniture
factory and cut them up into wood
that will be made into desks and
chairs which will be found in institu
tions all over the state.
"There is running water at many
points on the farm, which is close to
the state fish factory and we shall go
into the hatchery work with prison
ers. The farm also has sand, gravel
and clay, so that the state can make
its own cencrete and brick and tile.
The prisoners themselves will erect
the buildings in which they will live
,and the factories in which, they will
"Then there will be hundreds of
"And when is all this to begin?
Just as soon as we can obtain pos
session of the farm. The commis
sion is composed of men of such high
integrity and such high reputation
that nobody will dare say there is
the suggestion of wrong in anything
they do, but they have recommended,
in order that everything may be open
and above board that the land be con
demned and that the price be deter
mined in court.
"Just as soon as we can finish
court proceedings prisoners will be
sent to the farm to begin work of
building the new prison At first it
will be a great construction camp like
a big railroad camp and the men will
live in tents or rather temporary
structures, moving into -the buildings
as fast as they can erect them.
"As the prisoners, themselves will