Eastern State Penitentiary Admission Book A

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The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)
Prison History
State Penitentiary for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Eastern State Penitentiary
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Other American Studies
Other Legal Studies
United States History
Women's History
philadelphia, pa
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Scholarly Commons, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
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Admission Book B, cover the years 1839-1843 and prisoner numbers 1125-1677.
Ziogas, Michelle

Record of admission of prisoners number 20 through 1124, including name, crime, sentence, place of origin, race/ethnicity, time in and time out, and comments on moral and educational condition. Some also include notes on previous convictions or progress made while incarcerated. A typical entry: "No. 58, Dec. 14, 1830. Saml Davis, Mulatto, Rape 12 yrs. Exceedingly excited, Enraged at the Judge & threatened revenge, Swore if knife or Pistol could be had, would revenge his wrongs upon his prosecutor also had sold himself to the Devil & meant to rush on to hell for revenge -- did not wish to hear of religion. Pardoned Nov. 21, 1842."

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This dataset was created by Library Science students at Drexel University, notably Michelle Ziogas. The work is submitted "as is". Despite the best efforts of all involved, mistakes often occur during the creation of datasets. Scholars are encouraged to consult the original records, in digital or physical format.
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