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Name: State Prison Commission--Rhode Island (1868-1879)

Historical Note: The work of designing  a new state prison was confided to a preliminary commitee.  In 1874,  the General Assembly passed a resolution appointing a State Prison Commission to take over  the work of construction. The prison was completed in 1879.The work of the commission is recorded in the commission's annual reports, which are appended to the General Assembly's Acts and Resolves. At the end of their work, the Commission's final report described the responsibility, as they understood it: "The Commissioners were to build not simply  a State Prison, for the confinement of convicts serving long sentences, but were also to build a State or Count Jail, a House of Detention for debtors, witnesses and persons awaiting trial, and for the imprisonment of offenders  against municipal ordinances…. All were come under one system of management and control.” Rhode Island. State Prison Commission. Fifth and Last Annual Report of the State Prison Commission. Made to the General Assembly. January 1879 Session.

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