Streetlamp Lucozade (orange_fell) wrote in little_details,
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[Anon Post] Prison Life in the 1930s, Philadelphia USA

Posting for my husband.

Setting: Philadelphia, PA 1930-32. (Eastern State Penitentiary preferred)

He's looking for any information about daily life in prison, food, racial segregation, etc--or at least sources or a place to start looking. Book titles OK if you know a good one.

He looked at the ESP website, but says the links aren't very informative (and doesn't even recommend a single book in their book section). Google searches have come up blank, with modern results, or about the prison reform movement that started just after this time period. He knows about the Hawes-Cooper Act, various prison escapes, and other important events, but not the daily routine.

Thanks, all!
Tags: 1930-1939, usa: government: prison, usa: pennsylvania, ~prison (misc)
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Looking on Amazon, I see that the "Images of America" series has a book on Eastern State. It's primarily photographs, but using the "search inside the book" feature, I can see that there are detailed captions that discuss things like prison sports, the library, etc. It cites photos that were taken from other books, and might have a bibliography. Your husband might want to get it through Inter-Library Loan.
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There is also a detailed histroy of ESP by Dr. Paul Kagan. His bio on Amazon says thay he was an interpreter at ESP. If your husband can contact him, perhaps he would be willing to recommend some resources. He is on Facebook and LinkedIn, among other places...