Research

Auburn Prison Classification Board Inmate Record Cards

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:
Auburn's Classification Board evaluated each inmate and decided the appropriate level of administrative custody and rehabilitation program. This series consists of cards with information on inmates and Classification Board decisions. Many inmates were transferred from Sing Sing Prison. Card list name and inmate number, birthdate, color,; crime; sentence; probable release date; dates and locations of previous confinements; results of psychological tests and psychiatric examinations; psychiatric and administrative classification. Records are restricted to protect personal privacy.
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Quantity:
1 cubic foot
Inclusive Dates:
approximately 1930-1939
Series Number:
B1276

Arrangement

Alphabetical by inmate name.

Scope and Content Note

The function of Auburn's Classification Board was to evaluate each inmate and decide the appropriate level of administrative custody and rehabilitation program. The Board interviewed each inmate, examined results of psychological and psychiatric examinations and other records, and planned the inmate's program during confinement. This series consists of approximately 1,500 individual inmate record cards providing information on inmates received at Auburn throughout the 1930s and on decisions made by the Classification Board relating to these inmates. Many of these inmates had been transferred from Sing Sing Prison.

Each card includes the following information on the inmate: name, birth date, color, Auburn consecutive number; crime, court, sentence, and probable release date; dates and locations of previous confinements; results of psychological tests (date and location of test, mental age, I.Q.); results of psychiatric examinations (date of exam with diagnosis); date case reviewed by Board; psychiatric classification (e.g., normal, normal-alcoholic, normal-unstable, psychotic, neuropathic-psychotic personality); and administrative classification (e.g., psychiatric-ambulatory, restricted-temporary, restricted-prolonged tractable).

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Summary information on adult inmates is disclosable under law. State Archives staff will review records containing probation, parole, medical, and juvenile criminal history data and disclose information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law and Personal Privacy Protection Law. The identity of victims of sex crimes is not disclosable. Unless a specific law forbids disclosure indefinitely, all records must be disclosed after 75 years.

Related Information

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Series W0006 Auburn Correctional Facility Inmate Case Files and

Series B0082 Auburn Prison Inmate Parole files contain related records.

Custodial History

This series was separated out from old series B0087, Auburn Prison Classification Clinic Case Files.

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