Eastern State Penitentiary Inmates by Sentence

This app graphs and maps demographic data about the inmates admitted to the Eastern State Pennitentiary, based on the length of their sentence. The results present information collected in Volumes A, B, and D of the Eastern State Penitentiary's Admission books, which cover the years 1830-1858. Volume C of the Admission Books, covering the years 1850-1853 remains unaccounted for. These books are held in the collections of the American Philosophical Society.

Researchers can examine broad trends in the inmate population, based on the length of their sentence, examine patterns in the Moral Instructor's notes on the inmates' admission and discharge, as well as the inmates' charges and places of sentencing.

This app also generates a list of inmates that match the length of sentence selected, along with a link to the Admission Book in which that inmate's information was recorded.

These pie graphs compile basic demographic data about the inmates that received sentences that match the range entered above.

Gender

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Ethnicity

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Marital Status

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Sobriety

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Literacy

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Country of Origin

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These word clouds reveal major trends in the notes kept by the Moral Instructor on the inmates' admission and discharge.

Moral Notes

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Discharge Notes

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The graph shows the charges received by inmates, while the map shows the locations that these charges were prosecuted.

Charges

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Sentencing Locations

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These results include:

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