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Early Days Of The Maine State Prison At Thomaston, Negley K. Teeters Jan 1947

Early Days Of The Maine State Prison At Thomaston, Negley K. Teeters

Maine Bicentennial

An academic history of the design and construction of the first Maine State Prison built at Thomaston, Maine. The prison, designed by and constructed under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Rose, was unique in America. The 50 solitary confinement cells were actually underground pits. Rose, as the first prison warden, employed the Auburn prison system of strictly enforced silence, hard labor, and corporal punishment intended to inspire "grief and penitence."

Negley K. Teeters (1896-1971)was a Professor of Criminology at Temple University, Philadelphia and a leading academic in the field of prison reform.