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Opinions and correspondence of the attorney general interpreting criminal and prison laws


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Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives
New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
Binders contain typewritten opinions of the State's attorney general on questions about the sentencing and confinement of prisoners and other legal issues relating to prisons. Some of the opinions relate to cases of specific prisoners (although names are not always given) and some to general issues. The questions and opinions involved interpretations of the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and other relevant laws.
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3 cubic feet

11 volumes

Inclusive Dates:
1892-1957
Series Number:
A0429

Arrangement

Numeric by Department-assigned numbers (1-737).

Scope and Content Note

Binders contain typewritten opinions of the State's attorney general on questions about the sentencing and confinement of prisoners and other legal issues relating to prisons.

Some of the opinions relate to cases of specific prisoners (although their names are not always given) and some to general issues, such as from where the authority of officers to do certain of their duties comes. The questions and opinions involved interpretations of the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and other relevant laws. Most of the opinions were sent from the attorney general's office to the superintendent of state prisons (or Prison Department of Correction). There are also some opinions and correspondence sent to other agencies or persons (e.g. building contractors) in relation to prisons.

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One-volume subject index.

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