Home Secretary, Sir Robert Peel, responded to the concerns of activist Elizabeth Fry. The Act established payment of gaolers, visits by prison chaplains, the removal of irons and oversight of female prisoners by female wardens.
Editors. "Gaols Act". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 February 2008
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