Osborne, Thomas Mott (ON HOLD)

Prison reformer & author, learned conditions first-hand as voluntary prisoner

Price: $10.00

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(1859–1926) American prison reformer. As chairman (1913) of the NY State Commission on Prison Reform, became a voluntary prisoner in the Auburn Penitentiary (under name "Tom Brown, Inmate 33,333X") in order to learn conditions at first hand. “Within Prison Walls” (1914) records his experiences. As Sing Sing Prison warden 1914–15, instituted system of self-government for inmates. Program aroused political hostility, and he resigned on acquittal after trial for misconduct. Commandant of US naval prison at Portsmouth, NH 1917-20. Wrote “Society and Prisons” (1916) and “Prisons and Common Sense” (1924). Signed verso of folded 6 ˝ x 5 Groton School letterhead, adds (“Tom Brown – Auburn #83883X”), his alias and Auburn Penitentiary prisoner number. Undated.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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