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Hard Labor and Hard TimeFlorida's "Sunshine Prison" and Chain Gangs$
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Vivien M. L. Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039855

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039855.001.0001

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Riot and Disorder at the Rock

Riot and Disorder at the Rock

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(p.268) 10 Riot and Disorder at the Rock
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Hard Labor and Hard Time
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Vivien M. L. Miller
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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039855.003.0011

Raiford was considered a fairly stable prison in the early 1950s. Even so, it was more volatile, disorderly, and unstable than in previous decades, and acute overcrowding fuelled internal tensions as the decade progressed. This chapter highlights the rising pressures that generated a series of violent confrontations at Raiford and in the SRD camps in the 1950s, analyzing several key events: the murder of Raiford's assistant superintendent J. G. Godwin in April 1955; the "bean uprising" of May 1956; and the accusations of guard brutality and torture of inmates following the opening of the new Maximum Security Building at Raiford in 1958.

Keywords:   Citizens Committee on Penal Reorganization, Florida Correctional Institution for Women, George A. Heroux, DeWitt Sinclair, prison riots, Division of Corrections, maximum-security scandal, prison violence

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