Sing Sing, Capital Punishment and “Honest-Graft”.
Sullivan was a prosecutor and an assistant district attorney “who owned property in Ossining, NY, the site of Sing Sing Prison. At one time he lobbied very hard to get the infamous penal institution relocated, arguing that it depressed property values in Ossining. As part of his effort, he conducted meetings with the prison’s Warden, Lewis E. Lawes and it was during his conversations with the Warden that Sullivan became deeply interested in penology. He abandoned his quest to get the prison moved and instead wrote a book entitled Capital Punishment, in which he argued for the abolition of the death penalty.” (Happy Birthday Florence J. Sullivan accessed online)
Sullivan’s book touches on capital punishment in New York and he provides a detailed history of Sing-Sing, arguing that it was overcrowded and that the prisoners were living in the equivalency of a city sewer which increased recidivism.
Description: Sing Sing, Capital Punishment and “Honest-Graft”.
New York: [Connolly Press], (1927). 110pp. + 1 fold-out halftone plate. First edition. Sm. 8vo. Publisher’s cloth; without dust jacket, if issued. Light sunning to spine; slight binding soil; very good.