Federal Prisons and Contract Labor“Senate Asks Data on Convict ‘Lease’ Passes Wagner Resolution Seeking Information From Mitchell On Georgia Contract Prisoners Work On Roads 100 Negro Inmates From Atlanta Penitentiary Put in Charge of State Commission” Ne

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A colleague asks for directions to more inflrmation on the federal ptactice described in the clip below. Any ideas?
 
 
 
“Senate Asks Data on Convict ‘Lease’
Passes Wagner Resolution Seeking
Information From Mitchell
On Georgia Contract
Prisoners Work On Roads
100 Negro Inmates From Atlanta
Penitentiary Put in Charge of
State Commission”
New York Times
12/17/1929
 
Senator Wagner wants to know “the why and wherefore” of an order “issued by the Federal Superintendent of Prisons transferring 200 Federal prisoners to the custody of the Prison Commission of Georgia”
 
The Senate passed a resolution, which called on Attorney General Mitchell to let the Senate know whether the transfer of these prisoners was mad under a contract (I assume a road building contract)  dates 10/16/1929.
Senator Wagner may use tis information he gets from Mitchell to propose an
“investigation of the conditions under which Federal prisoners are placed in the custody of the State and other local penal institutions”
 
Atlanta, 12/16/29, (AP)  one hundred negro prisoners “serving sentences in a Federal prison were transferred to Chatham County about six weeks ago” where they would be employed on highway construction.
They claim that they were transferring the prisoners to relieve congestion
They were sent to the stockades near Savannah
At the same time several hundred prisoners were transferred to Leavenworth Kansas
Categories: Query, Discussion
Keywords: convict labor