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$ 253. Matron and assistant matrons.—The matron shall reside in the house connected with the prison, which shall be provided with proper furniture, fuel and lights, and she shall be allowed rations for herself from the prison stores. Each assistant matron shall board and lodge in the prison and without charge.
The matron shall, subject to the supervision of the warden of Auburn prison, be charged with the control and discipline of the inmates of the prison and direct the assistant matrons in the performance of their duties.
[L. 1893, ch. 306, $s 5 and 6 (in part),
The last sentence is new.)
$ 254. Storekeeper; compensation and undertaking.–The storekeeper of Auburn prison shall be the storekeeper of the state prison for women and shall perform the same duties in respect thereto as he is required to perform in respect to the Auburn prison. He shall receive such additional compensation therefor as the superintendent shall prescribe, not exceeding the annual sum of five hundred dollars. In addition to the bond required as storekeeper of such Auburn prison he shall execute and file with the state comptroller a bond to the people of the state in the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties as storekeeper for the state prison for women, with sufficient sureties to be approved by the superinten.
[L. 1893, ch. 306, SS 4, 6 and 8. Under the present law a separate officer may be appointed by the warden as storekeeper with a salary of not exceeding one thousand dollars. Under such law the warden has designated the storekeeper of Auburn prison to act as storekeeper of the state prison for women at an additional salary. The change made by the proposed section conforms with the present practice.]
§ 255. Physician and chaplain.—The physician and chaplain of Auburn prison shall be respectively the physician and chaplain of such prison for women and shall perform the duties appertaining to such offices at such prison and no additional compensation shall be allowed to them therefor.
[L. 1893, ch. 306, 8 7,
§ 256. Sentence of women convicts; transportation.-A woman of over sixteen years of age, convicted of felony in any court of this state, shall be sentenced to imprisonment in the state prison for women. The clerk of the court imposing such sentence shall immediately notify the warden of Auburn prison thereof, and such warden shall cause such convict to be transported to such prison for women, in the com. pany of at least one other woman; the expenses of such transportation shall be paid from the prison funds in the same manner as other expenses of prison maintenance.
[L. 1893, ch. 306, $ 9,
§ 257. Children of women convicts.—If a woman sentenced to such prison, at the time of her incarceration under such sentence, is the mother of a nursing child in her care, under one year of age, buch child may accompany its mother and remain in prison until such time as, in the opinion of the physician, such child can be properly removed therefrom and suitably provided for elsewhere. Such child may be committed to the care and custody of some
relative or proper person willing to assume such care. If not so
committed the warden may cause such child to be removed therefrom and placed in an asylum for children in this state. If the mother of the child had a settlement within the state at the time of her conviction, the cost of the support of such child in such asylum shall be a charge upon the county wherein she had such settlement; if such mother had no such settlement the support of such child shall be a charge upon the state in the same manner az a state poor child, committed to an asylum as provided in the poor law. If a child is born to such woman while in prison, such child may remain therein until removed as above provided.
If a woman when sentenced is the mother of and has under her exclusive care a child or children more than one year of age, who otherwise might be left without proper care and guardianship, the court sentencing such woman shall cause such child or children to be committed to an asylum provided by law for the reception and maintenance of destitute children, or to the care and custody of some relative or proper person willing to assume the care of such child or children.
TL. 1893, ch. 306, 8 11. The provisions made for the removal and support of children of women sentenced to the prison are new.]
DANNEMORA HOSPITAL FOR INSANE CONVICTS.
Section 260. Establishment and purposes of the Dannemora
hospital. 261. Medical superintendent. 262. Medical superintendent as treasurer of the hospital. 263. Salaries of resident officers.
Section 264. Powers and duties of medical superintendent and
assistants. 265. Monthly estimates. 266. Power of removal. 267. Transfer of insane convicts from Matteawan State
hospital to the Dannemora hospital. 268. Transfer of prisoners in state prisons, reformatories
and penitentiaries to Dannemora hospital. 269. Retention of insane convicts after expiration of their
terms. 270. Discharge of insane convicts after expiration of
terms. 271. Convicts on recovery, to be transferred to prison. 272. Certificate of conviction to be delivered to medical
superintendent and copy filed. 273. Communications with patients.
[General note.-In this article, we propose a system for the management and control of the Dannemora hospital for insane convicts, which is now in course of construction.
The buildings for this hospital were commenced in 1896, under an appropriation made by chapter nine hundred and forty-nine of the laws of that year, and continued under an appropriation made by chapter three hundred and ninety-five of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-seven. The hospital when completed is to be supported by the state as a part of the state prison system. It is proposed that all state prison and reformatory convicts, and all penitentiary convicts sentenced for felonies, who are now confined at the Matteawan state hospital for insane criminals, and who have at least six months of their terms to serve, be transferred to the Dannemora hospital. It is proposed
that Matteawan should be used exclusively for the confinement of criminals who are declared to be insane before their conviction and of persons confined in penitentiaries and jails under sentences for less than one year.
We have applied the system of management and control now used at Matteawan as contained in article four of the Insanity Law, to the Dannemora hospital without material change.]
§ 260. Establishment and purposes of the Dannemora hospital.—The grounds and property located at Dannemora, in the county of Clinton and the buildings erected thereon, when completed, shall be designated as the Dannemora hospital for insane convicts. Such hospital, when ready for occupancy, shall be used for the purpose of confining and caring for such male prisoners as are declared insane while confined in a state prison or reformatory, or while serving a sentence of more than one year in a penitentiary.
§ 261. Medical superintendent.-When the Dannemora hospi. tal for insane convicts is ready for occupancy, the superintendent of state prisons shall appoint a medical superintendent therefor, who shall be a well educated physician of at least five years' actual experience in a hospital for the care and treatment of the insane.
A vacancy in the office of such superintendent shall be filled in like manner.
§ 262. Medical superintendent as treasurer of the hospital.The medical superintendent shall be the treasurer of the hospital, and before entering upon his duties, shall file with the comptrol