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Title Info for : Department of Correction-Prison South 1822-1897
Department of Correction-Prison South 1822-1897
An index to the Descriptive Books of the first Indiana State Penitentiary. The first state prison opened in Indiana in 1822 in Jeffersonville. Both men and women were housed in this facility. With the opening of the State Prison North at Michigan City in 1858, the Prison South took only inmates from the southern half of Indiana. In 1897 State Prison South was converted to a Reformatory. The older prisoners and those accused of more severe crimes were sent to the Northern prison. Patrons may contact the State Archives for a copy of an inmate's record from the microfilmed descriptive books at
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