Abandoned To Their Fate

Self Sufficient Institution

Narrator: Naturally, they were never paid for any of this work. It was considered treatment or therapy for them. And of course, by having inmates grow their own food, and make their own clothes, for example, institutions become as self-sufficient as possible, which benefited the public. Farm colonies sprung up to grow the produce and animals that were needed to feed the nearby institutions. Here you have some able-bodied male inmates who have been moved out to these farms to live and work. The inscription again is telling: "The simple life for simple folk. Occupation was the sign of intelligence."