Corrections Assignment 11-4-17 .docx

I dont know if its the wording of this that threw me

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I don’t know if it’s the wording of this that threw me off or what. I have Donald at 20 points that puts him at Medium Security. I know that that he escaped federal custody but the PSI says no History of Escape attempts so if I go on the PSI information as the only information given to me then it is a 17 even though I know he escaped federal custody. I am just really confused by all of this and I don’t know if the Severity of the current offense, is the same as the type of detainer. I have Donald as a Moderate on both of them. I would be forced to classify Donald as Medium however I would wonder if he was sentenced for the escape or any time was added on for this. I can hope you can see how confusing this is to me. Even if I am right on the Medium Security which I feel like I am I would like some help on exactly how I come to this conclusion. Question 5: In Chapter 5 of Newjack, Conover gives us a rambling history of Sing-Sing. For this assignment select at least 5 events or personalities that you feel contributed to Sing-Sing's reputation and development. Elam Lynds would have to be first on that list for me that guy sounds to me to be a little sadistic and the way he whipped prisoners at Sing-Sing probably started the original word of mouth that gave it such a horrible reputation. Lynds could punish as he saw fit the only thing was I don’t think he was mentally fit to do that. I don’t think his whippings stopped people from coming back either.
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There are several events that are mentions that are called cold water baths that I also find to be what we would now consider as torture. In the 1850’s they were torturing the inmates by doing this to them and it got so bad that in 1869 the inmates revolted and an officer was killed, this led to a law being passed to prohibit its use. In 1891, when the electric chair was brought to Sing-Sing to 1963 there were 614 people that were killed there with its use. This had to add to the reputation of this prison being the one of the hardest in New York and the country for that matter. To know that it was a place where death row inmates were put to death must have increased the reputation throughout the criminal world. This also gives us the story of John Hulbert the man that pulled the switch at Sing-Sing for 150 dollars a pop. This is a heck of a story and the man eventually took his own life which only adds to the reputation of how horrible things as Sing-Sing are for both inmates and executioners. Lewis Lawes was the warden there for 20 years after several wardens could barely make it a year. He allowed the public in and several films were shot at the prison and brought in several baseball teams to play there. One had Babe Ruth on it and he hit what was supposedly the longest home run of his career at a towering 620 feet. Lawes oversaw the expansion of Sing-Sing and was so respected by the inmates that every inmate filed pass his wife’s casket when she passed in 1937.
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  • Fall '16
  • Vera Pool
  • inmates, local public safety

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