Reformatory Prison for Women - Twelfth Annual Report (Boston 1890)

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                   Twelfth Annual Report of the

                      Commissioners of Prisons


Annual Report of the Superintendent and Other Officers

          for the year ending September 30, 1889


Printed by Wright and Potter, State Printers, Boston

Fascinating snapshot of prison system in late 19th century. Lots of charts, information, and financials.

Scarce, treasure trove for researchers!


  • prisoner breakdown by types of crimes and their sentences: abandoning child, abortion, attempt poisoning,  common nightwalker, stubbornness, keeping house of ill-fame,etc..
  • birthplace of parents of prisoners by country
  • ages, habits, conjugal condition and education of prisoners. e.g. common nightwalker peaks in the 21-25  year old range
  • average age, age ranges, offences of 'younger intemperate' prisoners (age 15-21)
  • commitment by counties
  • food ordered and quantities ('297 bushels of beets...$148.50')
  • physician's report on diseases treated (good stuff!), chaplain's report, report on pardons, report from agent for aiding discharged prisoners

Some small marks and handwriting on front cover, small tear on cover and fold LR corner, smudges on back

110 pages

9" x 5 ⅝"