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The History of Corrections in America (Updated February 2015)

Jo Gustafson
posted this on February 13, 2013, 12:08 PM

Life Goes On:  The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America

Nellis, Ashley, and Jean Chung.  The Sentencing Project,  2013

“This analysis documents long-term trends in the use of life imprisonment as well as providing empirical details for the offenses that comprise the life-sentenced population” (p. 1). An appendix provides a graph for each state showing their trends in the use of life sentences. 027635

 

1980 New Mexico State Penitentiary Prison Riot 

BBC (London, England),  2009

This video documentary covers the February 2 and 3, 1980 riot at the New Mexico State Penitentiary.During this riot, the worst in the history of corrections in the United States, 33 inmates were killed with over 200 injured, and seven of the 12 officers taken hostage hurt. 026908

 

Eastern State Penitentiary:  A Prison With a Past

Chai Woodham, Smithsonian.com, 2008

Philadelphia set the stage for prison reform not only in Pennsylvania, but also the world over.

 

Correctional Photo Archives

Eastern Kentucky University, Special Collections and Archives

Access to the American Prison Society Photographic Archive collected by William Bain is provided at this website include:  about the collection; access the collection; access the inventory; search this site; other links; other resources; and contact information.

 

New York Correction History Society

This website serves to pursue, preserve, and promote the history of Correction Services in New York. Areas covered include Probation, Parole, Juvenile Justice, Alternatives to Incarceration, and Transitional Services.

 

A Brief History of Alcatraz - Federal Bureau of Prisons

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Describes before the prison was built, the rock, birdman, escape attempts, and the closure of the facility. Compiled by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.