A 1930 Fire that Killed Over 300 Ohio Prisoners Thomas, T.J. Gallagher, Dan W. The Spotlight on Ohio's Black Crime. Cleveland: C. Margolian, 1930. 127 pp. Illustrated. Softbound, printed wrappers. Light soiling, wear to spine ends and corners, light browning to interior, corner folds and missing corners to several leaves at beginning and end of text. $450. * Only edition. A damning account of the 1930 Ohio Penitentiary fire that killed over 300 prisoners. "The purpose of this volume is not so much to condemn what has gone before as it is to turn the searchlight on general conditions in the Ohio Penitentiary, which is but a counterpart of similar corrective institutions throughout the country, with the end in view of bringing about a reform that will remove our houses of correction from the same category as the hideous dungeons of medieval times. Penal instututions for men and women are a necessary evil, but the evil should not be increased by making them torture chambers, receiving stations for insane asylums, and horrible death traps such as the West Cell block of Columbus penitentiary proved to be" (4). OCLC locates 9 copies, 4 outside of Ohio, none in law libraries.
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