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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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Cruel and Usual Punishments

Cruel and Usual Punishments

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(p.72) 3 Cruel and Usual Punishments
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Hard Labor and Hard Time
Author(s):
Vivien M. L. Miller
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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039855.003.0004

This chapter examines the disciplinary experiences of Florida convicts during the first third of the twentieth century, with particular attention to the murders of Martin Tabert in 1923 and Arthur Maillefert in 1932. Corporal punishment was abolished for all Florida prisoners in the wake of Talbert's death from a flogging by a prison camp guard. Solitary confinement on reduced rations became the main method of discipline at Florida's prison farm and road camps. The implementation of a new disciplinary regime led to chaos as inmates and guards struggled with the new system, which severely disrupted inmate labor in the mid-1920s.

Keywords:   flogging, sweat box, solitary confinement, Martin Tabert, Arthur Maillefert, Samuel D. McCoy, convict inspectors

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