1936/1944 Jail Rules Booklet
Forerunner to Current Statewide Minimum Standards
The NY Correction History Society presents text from the SCOC's oldest Regulations for Management of County Jails booklet.

Page 23 of 28 pages.

oners humanely and maintain proper discipline. The only punishments permitted by law are solitary confinement on bread and water for a reasonable length of time under the advice of the physician, and the deprivation of privileges.

County Jail Regulations Page 23.
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Boisterous conduct, shouting loud obscene and profane language should not be permitted.

Formulate a set of rules for your jail, if not already available, a post a copy in each department.

So-called "Kangaroo Courts" in which prisoners assume to themselves the authority to assess fines or impose punishments on other inmates who do not confirm to certain self-imposed regulations should not be tolerated.


Under provisions of the Correction Law (Section 250) every person sentenced to a county jail or jail farm for a definite term of not to exceed one year, exclusive of any term which may be imposed as an alternative to the payment of a fine, may receive a discretion-


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