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Dewey is very downcast because of the disgusting conditions in the State Prison. He believe that a Prison Discipline Society should be formed in the state. Dewey plans to make a report of the conditions of prisons in other parts of the country and make a report before the Legislature in the fall. He asks for the assistance of Finley in this task. Dewey says 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; State Prison -- Conditions; State Prison -- Reform
Dewey, Laurin, "Letter from Laurin Dewey to James B. Finley" (1850). Finley Letters. 1137.