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French Prison System in 18th & 19th Century

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by Marilyn Nunez on 13 September 2012

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18th & 19th Centuries French Prison Systems It was built in 1748 by King Louis XV.
The prisoners had been sent to the Galleys before getting transported to Toulon.


It was made famous by Les Miserables as being the place where Jean Valjean was imprisoned for 19 years. Bagne of Toulon French citizens were put into prison if they could not pay their debts. They were also incarcerated for minor crimes. These included theft, Minor crimes In prison they were identified by what they wore. Everyone wore a white shirt, yellow trousers, red vest & smock, and a cap. the color of the cap was green if they had the life sentence. Otherwise, the cap was red. Prison Attire Prisons were filthy and overcrowded. THe prisoners were often deprived of essential necessities such as food and water. In this case, bread and wine. Prison Conditions During the revolution, many French prisoners ended their life under the 88 pound guillotine blade. Death Before the French Revolution, prisoners were sent to the galleys (type of ship propelled by rowers). While there, their punishment was to do the rowing. Pre-Revolution Prison French prison system. Bagne of toulon. Sept 9, 2012. Web <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagne_of_toulon>
Guillotine. Sept 9, 2012. Web. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine>
Les Miserables Prison. Sept 10, 2012. Web. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables>
Galley. Wikipedia. Galley slave. Sept 10, 2012. Web. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galley> MLA Style Works Cited
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