Elmira Reformatory

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The Elmira Reformatory, established in 1876 in Elmira, New York, was a testament to the most interesting, most scientific, and most hopeful treatment of the convicted criminal that has ever been tried in the United States. It conformed to what were considered sound theories, and the results were good beyond all expectations. Its inception was due to the genius and experience of Zebulon R. Brockway, who had practical training in prison management and was profoundly acquainted with the nature of the lawbreaking class of the 19th century. Elmira Reformatory contains images of the work done at Elmira in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a compelling view of the activities carried on inside the reformatory and the evolution of the criminal reform model.
ISBN: 9781467120371
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. William G. Hinkle is associate professor of criminal justice at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Dr. Hinkle has published four books: School Violence, Careers in Criminal Justice, A History of Bridewell Prison, and The Decisive Decade in the History of the Elmira Reformatory: 1867–1877. Bruce Whitmarsh is the director at Chemung County Historical Society. He holds graduate degrees in American history from Villanova University and the George Washington University.
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