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Scope and Content Note

This series consists of the monthly reports sent to the governor from each prison indicating convicts eligible for discharge by commutation. The governor's office bound the reports from all prisons for each year of discharge into volumes. Each monthly report from each prison provides the following information: name of convict; county; crime; court; judge; date of sentence; date received at prison; term; commutation earned; date eligible for discharge; amount of time lost for rule violations (beginning Volume 10, 1894); and occasional remarks recommending increase or decrease in commutation.

Reports are present for the following institutions: Sing Sing Prison; Auburn Prison; Clinton Prison; New York Penitentiary (Blackwell's Island); Kings County Penitentiary (Brooklyn) (1883-1907 only); Erie County Penitentiary (Buffalo); Albany County Penitentiary (Albany); Onondaga County Penitentiary (Syracuse); Monroe County Penitentiary (Rochester); State Asylum for Insane Criminals (Auburn); State Reformatory at Elmira (for discharges in October 1883, March 1884, and 1913-1916 only); Matteawan State Hospital (Fishkill) (beginning 1893); State Prison for Women (Auburn) (beginning 1894); Dannemora State Hospital (beginning 1901); and Eastern New York Reformatory (Napanoch) (1901-1906 only).

No reports are present for 1910-1912 discharges. Reports of discharges for 1913-1916 are not bound and are grouped according to month (e.g. June reports from all prisons for all years are grouped together).

A0604-16 This accretion documents only actions taken in behalf of inmates incarcerated in Great Meadow Correctional Facility.