10 Correction 1 (1940)

handle is hein.journals/crecton10 and id is 1 raw text is: VOLUME 10                         OSSINING, N. Y.
MARKSMEN RECEIVE TROPHIES
C APTAIN ELI V. KROM of the Napanoch Revolver
Team which won the Presidential Trophy in 1939,
left the office of Commissioner John A. Lyons in the
State Department of Correction on the afternoon of
December 29th with the members of the winning team,
the proud possessor of a letter of commendation from
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, donor of the trophy,
and 'with the congratulations of Commissioner Lyons
who presented the trophy. The President wrote:
TO THE CAPTAIN OF THE NAPANOCH REVOLVER TEAM:
I am very glad to send a word of greeting to your Team
which has won the President's Trophy this year and last year.
Your accomplishment Is an inspiration for others to raise the
standard of marksmanship in similar organizations to a higher
level.
I send my congratulations to the members of your Team
and to all other Teams which have taken part in the competi-
tion. I shall watch with great interest the results of future
competitions.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Captain Krom's Team members from the Institu
tion for Male Defective Delinquents were Edward B.
Knight, George P. Halbig, Robert Brown and Francis
Lowe, and they had won over teams from the Wood-
bourne Institution for Defective Delinquents, Clinton
Prison, Attica Prison, Sing Sing Prison, Wallkill
Prison, Auburn Prison, Elmira Reformatory and Great
Meadow Prison who finished in the order named. With
the exception of Edward B. Knight, all are members
of the team originally organized at Napanoch.
The teams were organized in 1933 by Earl Miller,
Supervisor of Personnel Training, following the intro-
duction of Firearm Instruction in the Department in
1932. This is the second consecutive year the Napanoch
Team has won the Trophy and should they win again
next year it will become the property of the Institution.
OTHER TROPHIES AWARDED
Commissioner Lyons also presented the Commis-
sioner's Trophy and the Instructor's Trophy. The for-
mer is awarded annually to the person having the
highebt score in the Department, exclusive of Instrue-
tors. It was won this year by Captain Leroy V. Weaver
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VJANUARY, 1940

NUMBER I

EIGHT YEARS OF EXPANSION
E ARLY in the year 1931, Alexander Paterson, His
Majesty's Commissioner of Prisons for England
and Wales, made a four months' study of American
penal institutions. He visited several in New York
State including Auburn Prison, Great Meadow Prison,
Elmira Reformatory and the Institution for Male De-
fective Delinquents at Napanoch where he was a guest
of the late Dr. Walter N. Thayer, Jr., then Commis-
sioner of Correction. He incorporated his studies in a
book on American Prisons.
Last October Commissioner Paterson returned to
the United States to attend the annual Congress of the
American Prison Association in New York City. Asked
as to his impressions as to changes during the interim,
Commissioner Paterson, soon after reaching London,
sent this message to the Editor of CORRECTION.
It is a rare and refreshing experience to come back to
American Prisons after an absence of eight years, to find
Mr. Sam Lewisohn still devoting as much of his busy life as
ever to prison work, to find Mr. Ed. Cass still keeping the
telephone wires red hot at East 15th Street. But I have missed
my old friend Walter Thayer, not so much in his office at
Albany, as in his home at Napanoch. There are far too few
like him in the prison fields of the world-and since I met you
last I have travelled it from French Guiana to Zanzibar.
Any journalist will ask me what are my impressions on
coming back to you after eight years, and if I am a true
friend of yours I must answer honestly at the risk of wounding
here or there, rather than spill the whitewash all around, and
so insult our friendship. Politicians may say pleasant things
all the while, but friends dare to speak the truth, and so doing
remain better friends.
Let me then start with less pleasant sayings, and only
the more forbearing will read on to the end. It seems that
greater regard is still paid to the physical and material wel-
fare of a prisoner than to his moral and spiritual needs. This
is reflected in the expense, thought and time devoted to the
care of his body, compared with that spent on the training
of his character. Hospitals are built and equipped regardless
of expense, the equal of any in the State or City. Yet the
prisoners are not sent to Prison for prolonged medical or
surgical repair, but that their characters may be straightened
and strengthened. Is anything like the amount spent on
prison hospitals available for the building of churches and
chapels in a prison, where men may worship in a place set
apart for the purpose, rather than in an auditorium redolent
of lectures, songs and cinemas? The most essential feature in
the training of character is the prison personnel. Yet is it not
true that less rather than more is being spent on the training
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