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VOLUME 1                     ALBANY, N. Y., JANUARY, 1931                     NUMBER 1

UHE report of the Commission appointed by the
Governor to investigate prison administration
and construction, is to be made to the Legislature on
February 15th. This will include recommendations for
the amendment to existing laws, developement of the
institutions for female prisoners and general matters
of administration, education, training and personnel.
The commission has made a preliminary report
to the Governor and Legislative leaders for their
guidance in preparing the budget for 1931. The com-
mission recommends the immediate construction of
'a medium security type of prison at an estimated
cost of $1,750,000, an appropriation of $125,000 for
road camp and experimental work in small housing
units, and $8,630,425 for remodeling the old prisons
and the completion of housing accommodations for
1500 at the new prison now under constrution at
The medium security prison, which the Commiss-
ion recommends, would be a cottage type of institution
with single rooms for inmates instead of steel cells,
windows protected to make escape difficult and a cy-
clone fence instead of a wall. Trusted prisoners
would be selected and would work on a farm under
the supervision of guards. Two sites for the new
prison are under consideration, one north of the town
of Wallkill, Ulster County, and the other south of the
village of Montgomery in Orange County.
The preliminary report is signed by Sam A.
Lewisohn, chairman; Julia K. Jaffray, secretary;
Thomas C. Brown, E. R. Cass, Milan E. Goodrich,
Hastings H. Hart and Walter N. Thayer, Jr.
For the first time since the State Reformatory was
opened at Elmira, fifty-four years ago, its inmates
were permitted to smoke on Christmas, by direction
of Dr. Walter N. Thayer, Commissioner of Correction.
This privilege had long been recommended by the
State Commission of Correction. Tobacco will be is-
;ued by the state.

UHE new automobile license plates for 1931 were
manufactured at Auburn Prison. The output in-
cluded 2,690,795 pairs of plates for various types of
cars, and 29,574 single plates for trailers, motorcycles
and motorcycle dealers. Pleasure car licenses number-
ed 2,179,500 pairs; commercial, 396,000; omnibus, 54,
000; dealer, 44,996; suburban, 12,599; state, 3,000 and
ambulance 700. Sixteen thousand single plates were
made for motorcycles, 275 for motorcycle dealers and
13,299 for trailers.
Commissioner Thayer has received this letter of
commendation from Commissioner Thomas M. Lynch
of the State Department of Taxation and Finance:
ALBANY, N. Y., December 17, 1930.
Commissioner of Correction,
The following is an excerpt of a letter addressed to me on
December 16, by Commissioner Harnett of the Bureau of Motor
 I am pleased to tell you that the entire order of 1931
motor vehicle registration plates of all classes were
manufactured, shipped and delivered to every issuing
office in this state on or about December 2, 1930. I am
sure you will be pleased to know that this record has
never been even approached in the past; the completion
of other years total output having been in March of the
succeeding year.
The complete delivery of motor vehicle number plates this
year, about three months in advance of such deliveries in
previous years, is very gratifying and reflects credit upon your
Department in the manufacture of these plates.
Very truly yours,
Commissioner of
Taxation and Finance.
Major John H. Howland and John A. Hawthorne,
fire protection engineers of the National Board of Fire
Underwriters, inspected Great Meadow Prison and its
fire fighting facilities with particular reference to the
life hazard on January 8th. The survey included an
examination of the water supply, structural conditions
and physical hazards.

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