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Siberia was for many years a penal colony.
The penal code was unified and reformed in 1890.
In spite of the gravity of the charges formulated against many prominent men, the report merely deplored and disapproved of their conduct, without proposing penal proceedings.
The penal discipline of to-day, much modified and varied it is true, may be largely traced to it.
The recidivist class is for those previously sentenced to penal servitude or whose record shows them to have been guilty of grave and persistent crime.