The Cradle of the Penitentiary. The Walnut Street Jail at Philadelphia, 1773-1835.


A study of Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Jail, one of the first urban penal institutions in the United States. Beginning as a city jail in 1773, by the mid 1790s it had transformed into a penitentiary, so-called for the Pennsylvania Quakers’ belief in penitence and spiritual recollection—a reforming system that promoted solitary confinement and piece-work labor as a means to those goals. The author was a noted penologist and professor at Philadelphia’s Temple University.


Description: The Cradle of the Penitentiary. The Walnut Street Jail at Philadelphia, 1773-1835.

[Likely Philadelphia:] Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Prison Society (1955). First edition. Frontis., xii, 152pp + 3 leaves of plates. 8vo. Publisher’s cloth; pictorial dust jacket. Tables. Dust jacket with sunned spine, some discoloration, and with a small loss at tail; some foxing to plates; otherwise, very good.

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