Idle and Disorderly Persons
The workhouse regulations of 1882 also set out the punishments
applicable to paupers who did not adhere to the strict rules
of such establishments.This part of the official notice reads
Punishment for Offences.
"The Pauper Inmates Discharge and Regulation Act provides
Any Pauper who (1) Absconds or escapes from or leaves any Casual
Ward before he is entitled to discharge himself therefrom; or
(2) Refuses to be removed to any Workhouse
or Asylum under the provisions of this Act; or (3) Absconds or
escapes from or leaves any Workhouse or Asylum during the period
for which he may be detained therein; or (4) Refuses or neglects,
whilst an inmate of any Casual Ward, Workhouse, or Asylum, to
do the work or observe the regulations prescribed, or (5) Wilfully
gives a false name or makes a false statement for the purpose
of obtaining relief, shall be Deemed an Idle and Disorderly
Person within the meaning of Section 3 of the fifth George
the Fourth, chapter eighty-three.
And every Pauper who (1) Commits any of the offences before-mentioned
after having been previously convicted as an idle and disorderly
person; or (2) Wilfully destroys or injures his own clothes or
damages any of the property of the Guardians, shall be deemed
a Rogue and Vagabond within the meaning of Section 4 of the
An Idle and Disorderly Person may on conviction be sentenced
to One Month's Imprisonment with hard labour.
A Rogue and Vagabond on conviction may be sentenced to
Three Month's Imprisonment with hard labour."
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