Thursday, May 18, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: may 18

May 18, 1914 – Warden Wolfer of the state penitentiary at Stillwater today notified the federal department of justice in Washington, D. C., that the institution will no longer be available for federal prisoners. The prison is filled to capacity and the warden holds that outsiders cannot be handled safely any longer.

There are now about 245 short-term federal prisoners, mostly Negroes brought from the D. C. area. The state receives 40 cents per day for their care and the right to employ them in the prison.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “No More Federal Prisoners. Warden Wolfer Says State Prison Is Full to Capacity.”; May 19, 1914; p. 5.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 21, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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