Journal of Prison Discipline and Philanthropy, 1845-1920, and Prison Journal, 1921-1986

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Pub. by the Pennsylvania Prison Society

The Pennsylvania Prison Society, founded in Philadelphia in 1787, was the first private agency to concentrate specifically on correctional issues. The society's journal, first published as The Journal of Prison Discipline and Philanthropy in 1845 and renamed The Prison Journal in 1921, was one of the earliest periodicals devoted to studies of correction and crime. The articles run the gamut of subjects related to these fields, from discussions of penal philosophy to inmate interviews and analyses of prison costs. The journal not only provides information on prison conditions and the evolution of the American penal system, particularly in Pennsylvania, but also offers a detailed record of the penal reform movement in this country.

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