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Cruel and Usual Punishments

Edited by Vivien M. L. Miller

in Hard Labor and Hard Time

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039855
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043760 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813039855.003.0004
Cruel and Usual Punishments

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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

Chapter.  11611 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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