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Defining Documents in American History: Prison Reform

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Publisher’s Note

Editor’s Introduction


“Prisons” without Wardens, Walls, or Cells

The Transportation Act of 1717

Felons and Rattlesnakes

Letters from America, Letter VI

Founding Vision for Georgia

A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia, Settlers’ Grievances

Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV

On Billy the Kid

Jesse James in His Own Defense

Shootout at the O.K. Corral

Antebellum Prisons and Prison Reform

A Visit to the Philadelphia Prison

Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Massachusetts State-Prison

State Prisons and the Penitentiary System Vindicated

Prison Discipline: The Auburn and Pennsylvania Systems Compared

On the Penitentiary System in the United States

First and Twenty-Seventh Annual Reports of the Board of Managers of the Prison Discipline Society, Boston

Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts

A Letter from New York

Remarks on Prisons and Prison Discipline in the United States

Prisons & Prison Reform in the Late Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries

The Criminal Insane in the United States and Other Countries

Ten Days in a Mad-House

Sketch of the Life and Work of Linda Gilbert

The Jail as a Perverter of Womanhood

Declaration of Principles, National Prison Congress

The Individual Method of Dealing with Girls and Women Awaiting Court Action

Wall Shadows: A Study in American Prisons

Within Prison Walls

Practical Efforts at Character Building for Jail Prisoners

Fifty Years of Prison Service

The School Idea in Prisons for Adults

Attica Manifesto and Declaration to the People of America

In Prison

Report of the Attorney General on the February 2 and 3, 1980 Riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico

Ruiz v. Estelle

Volume 2

Prison and Prison Reforms in the 1990s and Twenty-first Century

Madrid v. Gomez

Supermax Prisons: Overview and General Considerations

Lessons from the States: Responsible Prison Reform

Announcement of Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

U.S. Department of Justice Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing

Department of Justice Letter on the FIRST STEP Act

Wartime Incarceration and Punishment

Some Account of the Capture of the Ship Aurora

Fourteen Months in American Bastiles

Habeas Corpus Suspension Act

Narrative of Privations and Sufferings

Nineteen Months a Prisoner of War

Narrative of Prison Life

German Enemy of U.S. Hanged by Mob

“Japanese on the West Coast”

Presidential Proclamation 2526: Alien Enemies—Germans

Presidential Proclamation 2527: Alien Enemies—Italians

Executive Order 9066: Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians

To All Persons of Japanese Ancestry

An Interview with an Older Nisei

Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War

Executive Summary of the Fay Report

Race, Ethnicity, and Imprisonment

Accounts of the Sand Creek Massacre

Life Among the Paiutes, Trouble on the Paiute Reservation

The Indian Policy in Its Relations to Crime and Pauperism

The Convict Lease System

The New Slavery in the South

The Repatriation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans

Southern Legislators Protest Proposed Anti-lynching Legislation



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