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Port Arthur Asylum, started in 1864 was the last great building project in Port Arthur. Ironically it needed to be built to house prisoners that had become insane due to a "more humane way" of treating the prisoners in the separate prison system.
" The Separate Prison System signalled a shift from physical punishment to psychological punishment. It was thought that the hard corporal punishment, such as whippings, used in other penal stations only served to harden criminals, and did nothing to turn them from their immoral ways. For example, food was used to reward well-behaved prisoners and as punishment for troublemakers. As a reward, a prisoner could receive larger amounts of food or even luxury items such as tea, sugar and tobacco. As punishment, the prisoners would receive the bare minimum of bread and water.It was believed that the hard corporal punishment, such as whippings, used in other penal stations only served to harden criminals, and did nothing to turn them from their immoral ways. Under this system of punishment the "Silent System" was implemented in the building. "

"Prisoners wore a hood over their heads. They were not allowed to talk or make any noise. The guards wore special shoes and walked on mats so they wouldn't make any noise[6]. Even in the chapel, each prisoner was kept in a separate wooden box where they could only see the altar. The prisoners were supposed to use the quiet time to think about the bad things they had done."
Information obtained from:
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Port_Arthur,_Tasmania

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur,_Tasmania

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur,_Tasmania

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