Fear, Force, and Leather: The Texas Prison System&rsquot;s First Hundred Years 1848-1948

Texas Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, Report on proposed Texas penal colony, 1931

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CPPL Report on a Texas penal colony, 1931

 

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The penal colony should include land adequate for
the production of all foodstuffs for consumption by the insti-
tutional population of Texas or by the inmates of the institutions
of other states which can be produced economically in the State
of Texas.

The location of the site should be determined by the
following factors:

I.     TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES – All sections
of the state should be accessible by
railroad or motor road to the colony and
it should be as centrally located as
possible in order that no locality be
unduly taxed for transportation of prisoners.

It is also essential that there be
adequate transportation facilities for the
raw material for the prison industries and
for the distribution of prison products to
the other institutions of the state.

II.    NEARNESS TO A TOWN OR CITY – The staffs of
the institutions should not be isolated
from the community outside the prison.

III.  AVAILABILITY TO CENTRES FROM WHICH EXPERT
ADVICE MAY BE SECURED
along medical, educational,
industrial and agricultural lines.

IV.  SUITABILITY OF THE LAND FOR THE PRODUCTION
OF FOODSTUFFS
which can be produced economically
in Texas and which are required by the institu-
tional population of the state or can be sold
to other states for consumption in their
institutions.

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Texas Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, Report on proposed Texas penal colony, 1931. Records of the Texas Prison System, Texas Prison Board, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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