Stepping back to the days when a snowflake was just something that fell in winter. The lads of yesteryear were anything but and knew that if you break the law you’ll end up being severely punished. The visiting Magistrates to the prison had the power to order different types of punishment, including corporal punishment for persistent offenders. If you ending up in prison or a House Of Correction and continued breaking the rules a young inmate could face further discipline. A Magistrate, along with the Governor, had the power to order a re offender to receive a birching or tawsing and of course the infamous cat of nine tails!
Two such fit young lads were up before the Governor for misbehaviour. The first Harry Cornell (Joey Whyte) with his discipline report, in the governors words, as being appalling.
To cure this he will be ordered to report to the punishment room. Here bent over the flogging pony he will be given the prison strap.
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