Charles Stewart Parnell, giving evidence at the Royal Commission on Prisons in Ireland, 1884

200px-Charles_Stewart_Parnell_-_Brady-HandyOn display, in the Kilmainham Gaol exhibit –

“One thing that struck me in Kilmainham was the semi-starved aspect which all the convicted prisoners presented. They seemed to be utterly dejected and weak and unable to undergo any amount of physical fatigue… I do not think that we are entitled to enfeeble the bodies of prisoners, in order to reform their minds, or with a view of maintaining discipline amongst them.”

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