This first-of-a-kind study places the Colorado State Penitentiary in a national context of traditional incarceration and inmate labor as a means of punishment, reform and self-support. The author's thorough research reveals that an ever-expanding institution can bolster the economy of a community, but fail to become self-supporting. When inmate labor competed with free labor and free enterprise, the latter two formed an unusual alliance leading to legislation that confined prison labor to state-use production only. For a time, Colorado attracted national attention with its successful honor road camps where inmates prepared over 2000 miles of road. Details of other early experiments with prison labor illustrate the unique Colorado environment.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||American University Studies Series: Series 9: History , #137|
About the Author
The Author: Elinor Myers McGinn received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. In addition to teaching at both the college and secondary levels, she has lectured on local history to service clubs and Elderhostels. Her local history articles have appeared in the New Mexico and Colorado Historical Society journals as well as in popular pamphlet form. Dr. McGinn's prison research won the Samuel G. May Western Governmental Research award, and she is the recipient of several other research grants.