Malcolm Office Chair

The female occupants of our penitentiaries are comparatively few in number, and although much is being written nowadays concerning the treatment meted out to male convicts, that to which women are subjected has excited little attention.

The Los Angeles branch of the Prison Reform League is the possessor of the only detailed and quite recent account of life in the female department at San Quentin that, so far as can be ascertained, is in existence.

The account discloses conditions that call for prompt and unflinching investigation. I have only to add that the league has corroborated this account by the testimony of three past and two present inmates, and to remind the readers that it is always among the most difficult of tasks to obtain and verify such information.

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