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Dewey is very discouraged that there is no society in the state advocating for the needs of convicts at the State Prison. He believes that a Prison Discipline Society should be formed in the state. Dewey is writing a report about conditions of prisons in other parts of the country, which he will present to the Legislature in the fall. He asks for Finley's assistance in this endeavor. Dewey says that no one seems to take an interest in the subject of the prisoners and he urges Finley to try to awaken people on the subject of prison reform. Sunday is a long day for the prisoners, and they wish to have Sunday meetings. The man who is the Moral Instructor in the prison at this time is totally unfit, and has "not the first qualification." Dewey prays that Finley will have "strength of body and power of intellect to start the call for reform of prison conditions." Abstract Number - 1153
Columbus State Prison
State Prison Letters; Prison Reform
Dewey, Laurin, "Letter from Laurin Dewey to James B. Finley" (1850). Finley Letters. 1137.