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In February, 1916, the inspector of the Prison Association of New York took the above photograph of the survival of a medieval method of punishment at the Onondaga County Penitentiary. The Prison Association entered a formal protest with the State Commission of Prisons against such treatment. An investigation was held. To-day the chains are abolished, and a new administration has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Onondaga County. (See pages 159-160 of this Annual Report.)

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TO THE CONTRIBUTORS AND OTHER FRIENDS OF THE PRISON ASSOCIATION.

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HIS volume, the Annual Report for 1916, comes to you from the Executive Committee of the Prison Association in very warm-hearted and sincere appreciation of the help you are giving to prison reform through this Society as an agency.

We know that any organized charitable effort must become materially dependent upon its machinery and its system for results, and we know, too, that when such a Society as ours comes to have several thousand contributors and a fairly large staff of workers, there cannot be the constant in-touchness between the supporters of the work and the daily workers that is possible when only a few are cooperating.

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But we want you, every one, to know that this Association is what its name means, a gathering together of friends of a good cause. Our workers are filled with sympathy and zeal. Our machinery serves only to make our work prompt and useful. And we who are near the center of the work are convinced that out among our supporting friends there are many hundred large-hearted and zealous associates in this work which is in a mighty field, and one needing all our energy and patience. So we send to you this word of appreciation and thankfulness for your cooperation.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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