Lists of paroled inmates compiled by chaplains

Held by the New York State Archives

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

This series consists of lists of paroled inmates compiled by Protestant and Catholic chaplains. Information includes name; year paroled; home conditions; current and previous occupation; offense for which committed; terms; grade in school; to whom paroled and if doing well on parole. Records are restricted.
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By religion, then chronological by sequence in which inmates paroled.

Scope and Content Note

The Protestant and Catholic chaplains each compiled two lists: one recorded inmates paroled from 1888 through 1894, and the second listed inmates paroled as of January 1, 1895.

The lists provide: name; year paroled (Protestants and Catholics, 1888-1894); home conditions: if parents are alive and at home (Protestants, 1888-1894 and 1895), and if home is good, fair, or poor; occupation (Protestants, 1888-1894 and 1895); occupation previous to entering institution (Catholics, 1888-1894 and 1895); offense for which committed; if at home (Protestants, 1888-1894 and 1895); terms (Protestants, 1895): (it is not clear whether this refers to the number of times committed or the number of years for which committed); grade in school (Catholics, 1888-1894 and 1895); to whom paroled (Catholics, 1888-1894 and 1895); and if doing well on parole (e.g. good; poor; not heard from; killed; and tramping).

These records were compiled in late 1895 or 1896, possibly to provide a general overview of the background and status of parolees for Superintendent Franklin H. Briggs, who assumed leadership of the institution in 1894.

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.

Collation date ca. 1895.

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