The Report That Established the Pennsylvania System of Penology, This Copy Presented to William Rawle [Pennsylvania]. [Commission to Revise the Penal Code]. Report of the Commissioners on the Penal Code, With the Accompanying Documents. Read, In the House of Representatives, Jan 4, 1828. Harrisburg: Printed by S.C. Stambaugh, 1828. 192 pp. Two folding plans (of Eastern State Penitentiary and the Pittsburgh Penitentiary), two folding tables. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent quarter calf over marbled boards. Moderate toning to interior, recent repairs to edges of title page, corner of following leaf, and edges of final leaf, presentation inscription from Thomas I. Wharton to William Rawle to title page, occasional brief corrections in Wharton's hand to text. $750. * First edition, one of two issues from 1828, the other read before the state senate. The report of commissioners Edward King, Charles Shaler and Thomas I. Wharton led to the establishment of Pennsylvania's innovating criminal code and penal system, which emphasized prevention and reform. The report reviews the plans for the Eastern State Penitentiary, the first modern penitentiary, then under construction. A second edition, which omits the accompanying documents, was also published in 1828. Both editions are scarce. Rawle [1759-1836] was a distinguished Philadelphia lawyer, judge and author of legal and historical works. In 1830, Rawle was one of the revisers of the Pennsylvania civil code. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3741.
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