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During the 19th century the treatment of both convicts and ex-convicts was in most peoples eyes inhumane A convict would be worked for long hours without food Many ex-convicts were never fully re-accepted back into society due to their past as a convict If an ex-convict managed to keep his past a secret and make a new life for himself if and when the ex-con revealed his past he was once again excluded and not considered a part of society When Jean Valjean is finally released from the galleys after 19 years he emerges a strong but frail man His original sentence was 4 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his poor family Jean Valjean tries and fails to escape several times adding the 15 years to his sentence In the sixth year his turn for escape came again he tried it but failed again He did not answer at roll call and the alarm cannon was fired At night the people of the vicinity discovered him hidden beneath the keel of a vessel on the stocks he resisted the galley guard that seized him Escape and resistance This the provisions of the special code punished by an addition of five years two within the double chain thirteen years p 32 Here one can see how the punishment for certain acts of convicts was taken care of When Jean Valjean is put to work on the double chain he is given very little food and worked for extremely long hours After Jean Valjean is finally released from the galleys after 19 years he journeys to a small town and seeks lodging Jean Valjean tries several inns and taverns but none accept him because he was a convict Jean Valjean then finds a doghouse and crawls in and is still forced out by a dog baring all its teeth The peasants face assumed an expression of distrust he looked over the
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