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|Record Creator:||Corrections, Department of|
This collection consists of records of admission into the Washington State Reformatory at Monroe, Washington. Information recorded includes name, inmate number, date received at institution, crime, county of arrest, residence, age, occupation, and place of birth. The digitized records include a photograph.
The Washington State Reformatory was established in 1907 to provide facilities for the reform and rehabilitation of young criminals convicted of relatively minor offenses. The concept was to teach inmates a skill and work ethics, in order to re-enter society as useful citizens. The first job of the inmates, and their first taste of vocational training, was to build themselves a prison. A brick plant was established and the inmates proceeded to build the first permanent administration building, a cell block, and walls. The programs at the Reformatory were designed to provide literacy training and vocational skills. Trades such as baking, barbering, bookkeeping, photography, bricklaying, and tailoring were taught. In addition, inmates were expected to work on the Reformatory farm, both to develop physically and be close to nature.
Currently, indexing of inmates from 1908-1923 is available online, which includes inmates numbered 1-4105, in addition to 33 inmates that were transferred from and then returned to the State Penitentiary.
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|Related Records:||For more information, or to learn about related records, contact the Washington State Archives at (360) 586-1492, or email email@example.com.|
|Access Restriction Notes:||These records are open for research.|
|Source of Transfer||State Government Archives
|Notes||Indexed by Roger Easton and Rachel Thompson from accession 01-A-222, proofed by Terence S. Badger and Mary Hammer. Digitization by Scot Ackerman and Dennis Mooney from accession 94-A-120.
|Agency History:||The Washington State Department of Corrections was created in 1981 to establish a comprehensive system of corrections for convicted law violators within the state of Washington. The Department of Corrections manages all state–operated adult prisons and supervises adult offenders who live in the community.|
|Preferred Citation:||[Identification of Item], Corrections Department, Reformatory Admissions Registers, 1908-1923, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].|