9 Correction 1 (1939)

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VOLUME 8                         OSSINING N. Y.    JANUARY, 1939

GUARD SCHOOL COMMENTS -
G RADUATES of the Central Guard School at Wallkill
Prison are requested by the officer in charge to
submit comments, criticisms and suggestions concerning
the two months' course.
Commissioner Edward P. Mulrooney of the De-
partment of Correction, interested in the reactions of
the students, both rookies and in-service men, asked
Dr. Walter M. Wallack, Director of the Division of
Education, to select ten excerpts out of the hundreds
submitted, for publication in CORRECTION. Those selec-
ted follow:
HIGHER OFFICIALS WOULD BENEFIT
I was favorably impressed with the Guard School and its
courses and believe I got a great deal out of it, which I hope
to use in the future. When some of the older ones ask me what
I think of the school, I tell them it's a great idea and unless
they believe they know all about prison work, it might do them
some good if they went up there. I haven't found anyone yet
who claims to know all there is to know about prison work,
and probably won't. There are a lot who will continue their
studies along these lines, either through paid courses or by
combining what they have learned, as far as possible, to prac-
tice and observing the reaction or result. I suggest that the
proposition of guard school graduates who request attendance
at prison conferences for future educational reasons, be con-
sidered by the Commissioner. The conferences would be of
greatest value as post-graduate courses of the school.
I believe that some of the courses were not long enough;
I believe some are very short for their purpose.
I think that if some of the higher officials were required
to attend, it would benefit the school, not because they might
not know penal work, but it will show them what the school
is putting out.
A FINE EXPERIENCE
This has been a fine experience for me and I wish we
might have much more time to go into more details of each
course. I believe we have been given a fine opportunity and
that everyone has made an ardent effort to take advantage of
it. The courses, although difficult, were presented in such a
manner that even those with little academic training could
readily grasp the material.
HOW TO HANDLE INMATES
My opinion of the school is that it is very good. We were
treated very fairly by our superiors and we were free at all
times to ask any question. We were given a thorough practical
experience how to handle inmates and we ourselves were built
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NEW PRISON CONSTRUCTION
CONTRACTS 0totaling $1,437,634 fo' major additions to
the institutions in the Department of Correction
were under way on January 1st and other contracts
amounting to $1,338,501 had been awarded but work
not started. Major contracts in course of completion
included the new Administration Building and Hospi-
tal, and the Auditorium and Chapel at Auburn Prison,
the wall for the new prison at Green Haven in Dutch-
ess county, and additional housing quarters at the
State Prison for Women, Westfield State Farm.
Construction of a modern hospital at Clinton
Prison, additional cell buildings at New York State
Vocational Institution, and a new Segregation Build-
ing, and Housing unit at the State Prison for Women
at Westfield State Farm will be started as soon as the
several contractors are able to commence operations.
Other improvements and additions under way in-
clude a new roof on the old cell hall and repairs to the
old South wall at Sing Sing Prison, an information
booth in the new Administration Building at Clinton
Prison, improvements to the kitchen and bakery and
dining room buildings at Matteawan State Hospital,
installation of window guards on some of the cottages
in the Reformatory section at Westfield State Farm
and construction of a root cellar at the Woodbourne
Institution for Defective Delinquents at a total cost
of $66,149. Contracts also have been awarded for the
installation of sprinkler systems in some of the build-
ings in the reformatory group at Westfield State Farm,
a turbine generator set and gas equipment at the
Woodbourne Institution for Defective Delinquents and
some minor improvements at Matteawan State Hosp-
ital and Attica Prison, amounting in all to $41,744.
Bids were opened January 12th for two new cell
blocks at Elmira Reformatory, and on January 19th
for the Power Plant at the new Green Haven Prison.
Drawing for the Administration Building, Dining
Room, Bakery, Storehouse, Laundry, Bath, Reception,
Segregation, Hospital, Auditorium, Chapel, School,
Maintenance Shop and Garage, and Warden's Resi-
dence, Green Haven Prison, will be ready about Feb-
ruary 15th and shortly thereafter the plans for the two
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