3 Correction 1 (1933)

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PUBLISHED BY THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

VOULME 3                       ELMIRA, N. Y.  JANUARY, 1933

INTERNATIONAL PRISON COMMISSIONER
T RESIDENT HOOVER has appointed Sanford
Bates of Massachusetts to be Commissioner on
the part of the United States of the International
Prison Commission. Mr. Bates is Director of the
Bureau of Prisons for the Federal Government and
was formerly Commissioner of Correction for the
State of Massachusetts. On two occasions, one in
1925 at London and one in 1930 in Prague, he was
appointed official delegate to the International
Prison Congress.
Mr. Bates succe~ds as International Prison
Commissioner, Mrs. Otto H. Wittpen, recently de-
ceased. Before her death Mrs. Witpen suggested to
the President the appointment of Mr. Bates as
qualified to represent the United States on this Com-
mission by reason of his position as Director of the
Bureau of Prisons and his familiarity with prison
conditions both in this country and abroad. At the
Congress in Prague Mr. Bates was selected as
spokesman for the American delegates during the
debates at the general sessions. Mr. Bates' appoint-
ment was also recommended by the American Prison
Association of which he is a past president. He has
been in prison work in Boston, Mass., and with the
Federal government in Washington for fourteen
years and has visited prisons in nearly every state
in this country and eleven foreign countries. He is
an attorney by profession.
The office of International Prison Commissioner
is an honorary one and carries i . salary. The head-
quarters of the Commission are at Berne, Switzer-
land.
The next International Prison Congress will
be held in Berlin in 1935. The President of the Con-
gress is Dr. M. Burke, President, Imperial Supreme
Court, Reichsgerichtsplatz 1, Leipsic C 1, Germany,
and the Secretary at Berne is Dr. J. Simon Van
der Aa.
(Continued on Pave 9)

THE VALUE OF FINGERPRINTS
O N NOVEMBER 2nd the unconscious form of a
man was found on the highway south of Hud-
son. He was taken to the Hudson city hospital where
he died. State Police took his fingerprints and a
search was made in the files of the Identification
Division of the State Department of Correction.
Miss Clara L. Parsons, chief of the division, re-
ported that they did not correspond with any prints
on file.
Then relatives identified the body as that of
Stephen Bain. Another search revealed prints of
Bain on file but they were not those of the dead
man and Miss Parsons so reported. However, the
body was buried in St. Mary's cemetery at Wap-
pinger's Falls as Bain and insurance companies paid
two policies to Bain's relatives after his death had
been certified by a physician and the coroner.
During the latter part of December Bain put
in an appearance in Hudson. He was surprised to
learn that he was supposed to have been killed. His
finger prints were taken and they tallied with those
on file at Albany previously reported. All of which
proved that the dead man was not Bain and again
that finger prints are infallible.
Bain's appearance raised several questions.
Who is the dead man? Who is to pay the under-
taker, a relative of Bain, for the funeral expenses?
What will the insurance companies do about it? And
meanwhile the vital statistics of Hudson and the
cemetery records at Wappinger's Falls had to be
corrected.
COMMISSION OF CORRECTION APPOINTEE
Jesse Jacobs of Oxford, Chenango county, has
been appointed by Governor Roosevelt a member of
the State Commission of Correction. Mr. Jacobs is
a well known business man and succeeds James B.
Smith of Utica, who retired from State service on
July 1st.

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