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Riot and Disorder at the Rock

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/9780813039855.003.0011
Riot and Disorder at the Rock

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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

Chapter.  8370 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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