Cornwall Barracks Punishment

According to a video by the same title, the Cornwall Barracks punishment consists of fifty strokes of a heavy leather strap.

The prisoner is strapped down horizontally but not gagged.

The punishment is given in three sets of ten strokes with a two minute pause between each set, then a final set of twenty strokes.

Half the strokes are given from each side.

As a true punishment, there is no warm up, the first stroke is hard.

Some authorities give a ten second interval between strokes, others wait thirty seconds to allow each stroke to be fully appreciated and for fear to mount in anticipation.

The name apparently comes from Cornwall Barracks, in the John Crow range of the Blue Mountains near the Rio Grande river, Jamaica.

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