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There would be a new county gaol, together with four model houses of correction at Bristol, Littledean, Horsley and Northleach.
27) The latter was often the case for poor prostitutes, and they were generally committed (as noted above), but their middling and elite male clients could afford to enter into recognizances, and thus do not appear among the inmates of the houses of correction.
The latter number, in turn, helps account for the disproportionate number of women convicted and incarcerated under the Gin Act of 1736: our sample thus contains 428 women and 151 men, a proportion in keeping with the overall population in London's various houses of correction.