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68,937 And Counting: Searching Inmate Case Files from the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas
Article describes information that can be obtained from inmate case files at the Leavenworth penitentiary. Case files include inmate photographs, record sheets, personal data sheets, fingerprints, daily...
Beauty behind Bars
August 1, 1980
Photos and biographical article about Susan Stanton, "Director of Corrections" at the Jackson County Jail since 1977, joining the county government in 1973 at the age of 25.
Because of Grants, Volunteers: Jail & Museum Get New Exterior
Illlustrated article about the renovation of the exterior of the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum in Independence.
Catalyst for Terror: The Collapse of the Women's Prison in Kansas City
April 1, 1995
The prison collapse is described as "one of the most fascinating but mysterious events of the Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas border" on August 13, 1863. Relates the story of the collapse of the women's...
Article with pictures about the history of the former Missouri State penitentiary (MSP)--what a 1967 "Time" issue called "the bloodiest forty-seven acres in America." It opened in 1836 and was the first...
Gillis House Hotel Was a Prison in 1864
Article about a Civil War experience of a soldier, George M. Noland of Kansas City, at the Gillis House Hotel in 1864 as a prisoner of war, sentenced to death.
In the Pen: The Oldest Prison West of the Mississippi Will Close Soon
Photos and article about the history of the Jefferson City Correctional Center, formerly the Missouri State Penitentiary, opened in 1836 as "the first prison built west of the Mississippi River" and planned...
Independence Jail Restoration Nearing Completion
Photos, illustration, and article about the restoration "of the 100-year-old Jackson County jail in Independence, Mo."
Juvenile Crime: Are the Courts Too Soft?
Examination of conflicting philosophies at work in juvenile crime: help versus punishment.
Kansas City, Godfather
Article about Kansas City's Board of Public Welfare, started in 1909 as "a Board of Pardons and Paroles" and becoming a model representative of the "Godfather System" of city government departments "to...
Missouri Prisons Competing with Russia
Article with illustration about "the Missouri state penitentiary at Jefferson City--the largest in the country, having 2,350 inmates, comparing it with prisons in Russia because of its punishments amounting...
New Ways to Save Men: The Board of Pardons and Paroles in Kansas City
Article about the paroling and pardoning prisoners, not available in this library.
On the Road Again
Biographical article about Fred Braun, Jr., the founder of businesses in the Leavenworth, Kansas, and Kansas City areas (mainly manufacturing industry) hiring prison inmates and former convicts for both...
Politics, Punishment, and Profit: Convict Labor in the Missouri State Penitentiary, 1875-1900
Article about the labor system at the Jefferson City state prison in the late 1800s, designed to be self-supporting through manufacturing work by the prisoners, with illustrations and photos.
Public Welfare Work in Kansas City
Description of the wage-earning alternative to prisons for convicts at such employment programs as the Municipal Farm, beneficial to the city in increased productivity and to convicts, especially of families...
Ross Twins, Born in Marshal's House Recall Independence Square of Mid-90's
Reminiscences about the Ross twins, born and raised in the marshal's house section of the 1859 Jackson County Jail on Independence Square.
The Strange Tale of the Status Offenders? And What Happens to Them
Description of the Juvenile Detention Center at 625 East 26th Street, with several photos.
Welfare for Everybody
Article about "the Kansas City welfare department--the oldest in age and one of the youngest in spirit in the United States--" and its general services for citizens. Discussion of neighborhood meetings,...
Why Some Men Can't Stay Away from the Municipal Farm [and] A Prisoner Speaks Up
Photos and articles about "the Municipal Correctional Institution (commonly known as the Municipal Farm)" in eastern Kansas City and its prisoners, prison guards (including "Superintendent Cyriel Provyn"),...
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