Research

Catholic parole agent's records of interviews with and institutional histories of inmates

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
Catholic Chaplains served as parole agents for Catholic inmates. This series consists of background information on newly admitted inmates. Information includes inmate name and number; division to which assigned; interview date; date received; if previously institutionalized; cause of commitment; and if parents alive: location, occupation. A few entries include information on inmate's character or religious training. Records are restricted.
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0.1 cu. ft. (1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1887-1891
Series Number:
A3143

Arrangement

Chronological by date inmate interviewed (date of first or only entry under inmate's name).

Scope and Content Note

The Catholic Chaplain, who also served as Parole Agent for Catholic inmates, recorded background information on newly admitted inmates (inmate numbers 6990-8084) gathered from interviews with them.

Entries provide such information as: inmate name and number; division to which assigned; date of interview; date received; if previously institutionalized; cause of commitment; and if parents alive: location, occupation. In a few cases there are entries made at later dates providing: quotes from letters from parents, relatives, or clergy regarding inmate's character; remarks on religious training such as, "Made his first communion;" and to whom paroled.

Chaplains spoke to inmates upon arrival, supervised their religious training, spoke to them periodically, tracked their progress while at the institution, and supervised their parole.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Restricted in accordance with Executive Law, Section 501-c(1)(b), relating to confidentiality of individuals in custody of the Division for Youth (now Office of Children and Family Services).

Custodial History

The Department of Social Welfare placed these records on loan to the Syracuse University Library from 1960-1977.

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