hiyacynth (hiyacynth) wrote in little_details,

U.S. Prison sentence forgiveness for non-violent offenders in World War 2


I'm writing a story exploring a haunting at a (very fictional) United States state prison. I'd like to include as part of the prison's backstory that during WW2 some of its population, who were convicted of non-violent crimes, were given the option of joining the military in exchange for sentence forgiveness.

I've been able to find second-hand accounts ("My father served in Korea and said this...") and references to people saying this happened in the 50s and 60s, and I found an article showing current military recruitment guidelines saying that most branches won't accept people who are joining as an alternative to prison, but I can't find anything about whether this happened in WW2.

Can anybody help?

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