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In 1880 there were few categories of insanity. Tables of Principle Psychoses from later years show the growth in recognizing diversity in mental illness.

VSP_BFP_Beatings_Sparked_Protest_9-1-1976-p12.pdf
Protests from prisoners have historically been effective in improving the unjust treatments, conditions, etc. that they face.

VSP_BFP_Beatings_Sparked_Protest_9-1-1976-p12.pdf
Protests from prisoners have historically been effective in improving the unjust treatments, conditions, etc. that they face.

Inmates gather hay at the Vermont Industrial School, 1919.
Inmates gather hay, presumably to feed the Vermont Industrial School's prized dairy herd. Inmate farm work was crucial to sustain the institution.

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In this excerpt a journalist, "c.s." comes to a Vermont State Prison to examine the conditions of a solitary prisoner. As he explains the setting of a cell that he enters, he is amazed by the lack of light and furniture in the cell. He concludes that…

VSH_Middlebury_Register_Fri_Nov_10_1905_p2.jpg
This article provides more information about the lethal assault on Peter Durant, a recently-admitted inmate of the Vermont State Hospital, by two male attendants at the institution.

VSP_Benn_Banner_6-3-1980-p3.pdf
Even by the 1980s, many problems were found in state prisons. This excerpt speaks to overcrowding, guard and inmate issues, crumbling facilities, lack of medical care and rehabilitation. This excerpt mentions that it was these conditions that led to…

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This newspaper article details two attendants' assault on a recently admitted, 80-year-old inmate named Peter Durant. Durant died of his injuries. The article also suggests the ease with which hospital attendants who had been discharged from one…

VSP_ST_Albans_Weekly_Messenger.pdf
This excerpt clearly highlights the recognition of change that people wanted to happen in Vermont State Prisons. However seeing as this excerpt was created back in 1905, this shows how long it took for real reform to actually be implemented.

VSP_RDH_Replacing_Prisons.pdf
This excerpt from 1973 covers a Vermont governor who fails to allocate government-funding/money to improving the conditions of Windsor State Prison - the oldest penitentiary in the country. (See "'Replacing Prison on Sidelines' cont." for more.)…
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