Early Prison Reform Movement

Focus Questions:
1) What historical forces led to the rise of the movement?
2) What methods/tactics were used to lead the movement?
3) What major figures involved in the movement?
4) Was/Is the movement successful in achieving its goals?

The History of Prisons in America (1790-)

In 1790, America's first penitiary was established. The Walnut Street Jail was located in Piladelphia, and set the prescedent for modern jails today. This jail was the first to employ the method of solitary confinement, a practice which today, is considered contraversial.