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Few Guilty Criminals

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Remarking about the amount of work which devolves on the new tonsolklated prisoa board, of which he is a member. Mr. Edward Duffy alhidcd particularly ia a recent talk with the Argus represcntative, to that portion of their work relating to pardous. "AVhy," said Mr. Duffy, "you have no ide-a of Mie amount of work in tliis onc branch of our labora. Do you know tliat nearly every one of fhe ei gilt hundred or more crimináis confined in the Jaekson prison has an app'.ication in for a pardon? This is not. all for it is the same in all the other lnetitutions ander our charge. The law requires that we shall give each of these cases a hearing, a work that w.ould occupy the entirg time of the board, if each petitioner was brought before us. To do this, we have our secretary go to each institution, soe the appücants for pardon and take down a shorthand report of nny evidence that they may have. These reporta are submitted to us and f rom these we make our recommpndations to the governor. To henr these fellows talk, none of them are guilty. But this doesn't usually prove so. Occasionally an innocent man is punished, but not often. Whilt at Jaekson recently, Warden Davis pointed to a prisoner and said 'There's a man whose überty for ten years was sworn away for $100.' Such cases as these are bad, we do not meet with many of them."