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Old 10-15-2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default need help fast. first prison in the u.* was.?

my wife has school at 5 pm today and we both can find this on the net any where.. thansk....

i thought it was auburn or alcatraz.. but im not 100%
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i doubt alcatraz, being on the west coast, I'd think it was somewhere in the east.
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first Google search I clicked: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&*...tes%22&spell=1

In 1790, the WALNUT STREET JAIL in Philadelphia constructed a separate cell house for the sole purpose of holding convicts. This was the first prison in the United States.
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the Walnut Street Gaol, in Philadelphia, became the first prison in the U.*. By the mid-19th century, most states had followed suit.
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Damn Haro beat me Oh well here ya go

All I did was type in what was the 1st USA jail

Walnut Street Jail 1790

Walnut Street Prison behind old "gaol"
What has been called "the first American penitentiary, if not the first one in the world," was established in Philadelphia, in 1790, in the Walnut Street Jail, a building formerly operated as a city jail. "The cell blocks constructed in the Walnut Street Jail, pursuant to the law of 1790, introduced in permanent fashion the structural pattern of outside cells, with a central corridor, the chief architectural feature of the Pennsylvania system of prison construction. Here, for the first time in penological history, the use of imprisonment through solitary confinement as the usual method of combatting crime, was permanently established. The basic principles of the new system, so it appears from contemporary accounts, were the effort to reform those in the prison, and to segregate them according to age, sex, and the type of the offenses charged against them." (quotes from from the Handbook of Correctional Institution Design and Construction, United States Bureau of Prisons, 1949). The word "penitentiary" came from the Pennsylvania Quakers and their belief in penitence and self-examination as a means to salvation.
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thats a jail.

the first Prison was Leavenworth
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My quote says it was a prison.
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Leavenworth was the first US Penitentiary if thats what your looking for.
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Jail, Prison, and Penitentiary are not EXACTLY the same things, but the differences don't really matter. I'm betting that the various forts the English built before the Revolutionary War all featured a stockade for unruly soldiers.
And I'll take bets the Maya, Inca, and the larger Indian tribes all had areas to confine criminals who didn't merit death.
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every one is wrong ....the first prison was in 1773 and was in Connecticut...

it was called old newgate prison...

http://www.eastgranby.com/Historical...ateprison2.htm
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