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Huntsville Penitentiary

Author: Theresa R Jach
Publisher: Charleston, South Carolina : Arcadia Publishing, ©2013. ©2013
Series: Images of America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The state of Texas, home to one of the largest prison systems in the country, opened its first penitentiary in 1849. The Walls Unit in Huntsville was the genesis of a prison system that became the home of notorious convicts and the focus of much debate about incarceration and the death penalty in the United States. The Walls Unit housed gunslinger John Wesley Hardin, members of the Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theresa R Jach
ISBN: 0738599611 9780738599618
OCLC Number: 826896463
Description: 127 pages : chiefly illustrated, plans, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: The prison and convicts --
Prison employees, their families, and homes --
Infamous inmates --
Convict work --
Convict leisure --
Prison rodeo.
Series Title: Images of America.
Responsibility: Theresa Jach ; foreword by Jim Willett.

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"The state of Texas, home to one of the largest prison systems in the country, opened its first penitentiary in 1849. The Walls Unit in Huntsville was the genesis of a prison system that became the home of notorious convicts and the focus of much debate about incarceration and the death penalty in the United States. The Walls Unit housed gunslinger John Wesley Hardin, members of the Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker gang, and infamous drug cartel leader Fred Carrasco. Built using convict labor, the Walls Unit was heralded as a modern approach to incarceration in Texas. The prison dominated the landscape of the town of Huntsville when it was built and remains central to that community today." -- From cover.

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