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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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Chapman and the Big House

Chapman and the Big House

(p.133) 5 Chapman and the Big House
Hard Labor and Hard Time
Vivien M. L. Miller
University Press of Florida

In June 1932 a new era began at Raiford with the formal appointment of Leonard F. Chapman as superintendent of the state prison farm, a position he would occupy continuously until his retirement in December 1955. Chapman sought to implement reforms at Florida's state prison that were similar to those at other big house prisons in the interwar period. This chapter explores Chapman's ideas on prison and prisoner management, his emphasis on rehabilitation, his roles as inmates' confidant and disciplinarian, and his interactions with the Grade 2 prisoners. Despite Chapman's claims to have improved conditions at Raiford, the perpetuation of Jim Crow practices and the absence of a separate women's facility ensured that the prison experiences of African American and many female inmates were inferior to those of white male inmates.

Keywords:   Leonard F. Chapman, Nathan P. Mayo, prison guards, big house prisons, Joe Tracey, executions, rehabilitation

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