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Section 1. Number. The officers of this board shall be a president, a secretary and a treasurer.

Sec. 2. Election. The election of these officers shall be by ballot and shall take place at the annual meeting in July or at a special meeting called for this purpose.

Sec. 3. Terms of Office. The terms of these officers shall be for one year and shall date from the first of July.

Sec. 4. Duties. President. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at all meetings of the board; to call meetings, both regular and special, and to serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

Secretary. It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep an accurate record of the proceedings for the board; to give written notice to each director of the time, place and special purpose of meetings; prepare such papers and conduct such correspondence as it shall direct.

Treasurer. It shall be the duty of the treasurer, under the direction of the board of directors, to take charge of its fiscal concerns. He shall keep full and accurate accounts of all receipts and expenditures and of property entrusted to him. He shall pay all bills approved by the board. Current bills are to be paid upon approval of the President and Treasurer. All accounts, with suitable vouchers, shall be submitted in writing at each quarterly meeting and a condensed statement at the annual meeting. Special statements may be called for whenever the board may so require and at all times his books shall be open to its members.

II. MEETINGS. Section 1. Annual. The annual meeting of this board shall be held in July or shall be specially called.

Sec. 2. Regular. Regular Meetings of this board shall be held on the first Wednesday of February, May, August and November.

Sec. 3. Special. Special meetings may be called by the president or at the written request of any two members of the board. The secretary shall give at least three days' notice and in naming the day, date, hour and place of meeting shall also mention the purpose of calling the same.

Sec. 4. Quorum. Five shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

III. COMMITTEES. Committees, standing or special, shall be created by the board as need may arise. These committees shall be appointed as the board may direct and shall perform such duties as the board shall specify. All reports of committees shall be submitted in writing, signed and filed with the secretary.

IV. ORDER OF BUSINESS. The order of business at the regular meeting shall be as follows: Reading of the minutes of last meeting. Report of the secretary, communications received, etc. Report of the treasurer. Report of the committees. Report of the superintendent (quarterly). Unfinished business. New and miscellaneous business.

The order of business at the annual meeting shall be:
Reading of the minutes of the last meeting.
Annual report of the treasurer.
Annual report of the superintendent.
Election of officers-president, secretary and treasurer.

Appointment of member to prepare annual report to the governor.

Unfinished business.
New and miscellaneous business.

V. CHANGE IN BY-LAWS. The by-laws may be changed by a majority vote at any regular quarterly meeting, notice thereof having been given in writing beforehand.





GENERAL ASSEMBLY, JANUARY SESSION, A. D. 1917. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly


Section 1. A state reformatory for women to be known as The Connecticut State Farm for Women is established.

Sec. 2. The Connecticut State Farm for Women shall be under the management of seven directors who shall be appointed by the governor, and at least three of whom shall be women. Within sixty days after the passage of this act the governor shall appoint one director for one year, one for two years, one for three years, one for four years, one for five years, one for six years and one for seven years; from the first day of the next month after their appointment, and annually thereafter the governor shall appoint one director for seven years. He shall also fill by appointment any vacancies that may occur for the unexpired term or terms thereof. All such appointments shall be of a non-partisan character. The governor shall have power to remove any of said directors for

The directors shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be paid their necessary expenses incurred while engaged in the performance of their official duties. There shall be at all times a representation of at least three women upon said board of directors.

Sec. 3. The directors are authorized to purchase in the name of the state as a site for said farm, not less than two hundred acres of suitable land. Such land shall include woodland and tillable pasture, with a natural water supply, and be located reasonably near a railroad. The board of directors is authorized to use if practicable, for the purpose of said institution, any site already in use by this state.

Sec. 4. The directors shall cause to be prepared plans and specifications for remodelling or erecting on such site necessary buildings for a suitable plant for the institution, which plans shall provide for cottages to be arranged for the proper classification of inmates, as to the character and needs of such inmates. The directors shall furnish and equip the same ready for use. Contracts shall be made by the directors and those calling for an expenditure of over five hundred dollars shall be duly advertised and competitive bids received thereon. In connection with the remodelling or erection of the various cottages and buildings comprising the plant of the institution, no building permit shall be required from the municipal corporation in which the institution may be located. When such buildings have been prepared and equipped, and the necessary staff of officers been organized, the directors shall so certify to the governor, who thereupon shall issue a public proclamation that the institution is ready for the reception of inmates.

Sec. 5. The sum of fifty thousand dollars is appropriated for the purchase of a site for the institution and for the preparation of the buildings necessary to start the institution and to make it ready for the reception of inmates and for the payment of salaries and tunning expenses for the two fiscal years after the passage of this act.

Sec. 6. The directors shall have control of the institution; de termine the policy of the same and make necessary rules for the discipline, instruction and labor of inmates; fórm a board of parole and discharge; cause to be kept proper records, including those of inmates; fix the salaries of the officers of said 'institution; appoint from their own number a president and a secretary who shall hold office for such length of time as the board may determine; hold meetings at least quarterly at said institution and audit the accounts of the superintendent quarterly. They shall report annually to the governor the general and financial condition of said institution, with such recommendations as they may desire to make, a copy of which report shall be sent to the secretary of each state.

Sec. 7. The directors shall appoint and remove at discretion, a superintendent of said institution who shall be a woman, not of their number, and who, before entering upon the duties of her office, shall give a bond to the state, with sufficient surety in the sum of five thousand dollars, and shall be sworn to a faithful performance of her duties. The superintendent shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed by the directors and shall reside at said institution.

Sec. 8. The superintendent shall manage said institution and have control over the inmates thereof, and shall make rules and reg. ulations for the administration of said institution, subject to the approval of the board of directors. The superintendent shall, also, subject to the approval of the board of directors, determine the num. ber, select, appoint and assign duties of all subordinate officers of said institution, who shall be women, as far as practicable, and shall be sworn to a faithful performance of their duties. There shall be a deputy superintendent and, as soon as the size of the institution demands it, a resident physician and a clerk. The superintendent may remove any officer appointed by her. The clerk of the institution shall give a bond to the state with sufficient surety in the sum of five thousand dollars.

Sec. 9. Women over sixteen years of age belonging to any of the following classes may be committed by any court of criminal jurisdiction to said institution; first, persons convicted of, or who plead guilty to the commission of felonies; second, persons convicted of, or who plead guilty to the commission of misdemeanors, including prostitution, intoxication, drug-using, disorderly conduct; third, unmarried girls between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one years who are in manifest danger of falling into habits of vice or who are leading vicious lives, and who may be convicted thereof in accordance with the provisions of chapter 233 of the public acts of 1905 as amended by chapter 48 of the public acts of 1907. Only such offenders, however, may be committed to said institution, as in the opinion of the trial court, will be benefited physically, mentally or morally by such commitment, and immediately upon commitment a careful physical and mental examination, by a competent physician, shall be made of the person committed. The court imposing a sentence on offenders of either class shall not fix the term of such commitment. Commitment to said institution shall be made within one week after sentence is imposed, by the sheriff when sentenced by the superior court, and by a police officer when sentence is imposed by any city, town or borough court, but no offender shall be committed to such institution without being accompanied by a woman in addition to the officer. The expenses of such commitment shall be paid the same as commitments to other penal institutions in the state. The trial court shall cause a record of the case to be sent with the commitment papers on blanks furnished by the institution. The duration of such commitment, including the time spent on parole,

shall not exceed three years, except where the maximum term specified by law for the crime for which the offender was sentenced shall exceed that period, in which event such maximum term shall be the limit of detention under the provisions of this act, and in such cases it shall be the duty of the trial court to specify the maximum term for which the offender may be held under such commitment.

Sec. 10. Said board of directors shall constitute a board of parole and discharge. Any inmate of the institution who has been in confinement within said institution, may, upon recommendation of the superintendent, be allowed to go on parole in the discretion of a majority of said board of parole under the following conditions: That she is in good physical condition, has ability to earn an honest living, has a satisfactory institutional record, based on the merit system and a proper home to which she may go, or that suitable employment has been secured in advance by the board of parole. Each person paroled or discharged from said institution shall be given, if the superintendent deems it best, suitable clothing, transportation expenses and not more than five dollars. Authority is conferred on said board of parole to establish such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary, setting forth the conditions upon which inmates may be discharged upon parole, and to enforce such rules and regulations and provide suitable supervision by agents of the institution.

Sec. 11. While upon parole, each inmate of said institution shall remain in the legal custody and under the control of the board of directors, and subject at any time to be taken back to said insti. tution for any reason that shall seem sufficient to said board. Whenever any paroled inmate of said institution shall violate her parole and be returned to the institution, she may be required to serve the unexpired term of her maximum sentence including the time she was out on parole or any part thereof in the discretion of the board of directors, or she may be paroled again if the said board of parole so decide. The request of said board of directors, or any person authorized by the rules of said board, shall be sufficient warrant to authorize any officer of said institution or any officer authorized by law to serve criminal process within this state, to return any inmate on parole into actual custody; and it shall be the duty of police officers, constables and sheriffs to arrest and hold any parole inmate when so requested, without any written warrant, and, for the performance of such duty, the officer performing the same, except officers of said institution, shall be paid by the board of directors of said institution out of the institution funds such reasonable compensation as is provided by law for similar services in other cases.

Sec. 12. If any inmate shall escape from said institution or from any keeper or officer having her in charge or from her place of work while engaged in working outside the walls of said institution, she shall be returned to said institution when arrested, and may be disciplined in such manner as the board of directors may determine. All the provisions of section eleven relating to the arrest and return of paroled inmates shall apply to the arrest and return of escaped inmates.

Sec. 13. The board of directors may transfer to the state prison, or to the jail of the county from which she was sentenced, any inmate of said institution who shall appear to said board to be incorrigible, or whose presence in said institution may be seriously detrimental to its well-being, provided such inmate might have been originally so committed, subject to be returned upon requisition of the board of directors. The directors may transfer to any other

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