Academic journal article Journal of Correctional Education

Correctional Education Historical Vignettes

Academic journal article Journal of Correctional Education

Correctional Education Historical Vignettes

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Ideas from an Important Contributor on Convicts and the Electoral Franchise

William George founded the Junior Republic juvenile facility in New York according to a democratic management plan in 1895. Thanks to Orange County, CA correctional educator Teri Hollingsworth, the Center for the Study of Correctional Education recently acquired a copy of an untitled manuscript of an unpublished book George wrote in 1919 from the Rare Manuscript Collection of Cornell University's Kroch Library. The following passage, from pp. 4-5 is from George's description of an ideal adult prison, which he called a social sanitarium. It reveals that George advocated maintenance of voting rights in for convicts.

He [a person being received into George's ideal prison] enters the Sanitarium not as a convict, but a man. It is just as conceivable to think of him as a man, instead of a convict, when we recall that there are nineteen men equally guilty, whom we do not look upon as convicts at all. …

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