Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 26 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
of the penitentiary from all sources in tile four years aggregated $2,728,513,
while the expenses amounted to $2,683,468; or receipts over expenses
during that period, $45,045. The sum of about $150,000 will
be realized for the remaining unsold crop, which will go into the State
Treasury. This amount added to the $45,000 of receipts over expenses,
and the $182,000 of valuable improvements over appropriations, leaves
the net amount of $375,000 as a result of the four years operation of
the penitentiary over and above the expenses connected with its management.
The very efficient Penitentiary Board, the able superintendent
and assistants, and the superior financial agent, together with the excellent
under-keepers and employes, have bent every energy, and applied
their skill and abilities successfully, not only to financial results of the
institutions, but to the reform of the unfortunate inmates as well. The
penitentiary is no longer an expense to the government, and the convicts
are humanely treated, and clothed and fed well. The results are very
gratifying in all respects.
This useful institution is crowded, and is the subject of much abuse
unnder the present law. Full grown men are often sent to it on pleas of
guilty. To correct this evil it would be well to reduce the official fees
in cases of reformatory convictions to about one-half allowed in felony
PER CAPITA EXPENSE.
A careful analysis of the condition of the various institutions for the
management and operation of which the Governor may be properly chargeable,
will demonstrate that their material, moral, and financial conditions
have in no respect retrograded during the past four years. They have all
been substantially improved. They have each been, in a marked degree,
elevated morally; while the per capita cost of maintenance has. been
gradually but considerably reduced. Within the institutions contentment,
harmony, good discipline, and kind treatment of the inmates and
,employes have prevailed to a notable degree.
It will be seen that from the general revenue the annual average of
3618 convicts and of 2460 charitable subjects have been maintained at
the net cost, in the aggregate, during the period of the past four years,
of $1,663,876, or a yearly per capita average of $68.43.
HEAVY EXPENSES--OFFICIAL FEES.
It will be observed therefore that the heavy draft upon the general
revenue is from other sources than the penal and charitable institutions.
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Hogg, J.S. (James S.). Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas, book, 1895; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5862/m1/26/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .