West Concord, MA: Hadley Press, . 2nd Edition. Cloth. 8vo. 8.5"x6". Purple cloth. Gilt lettering to front cover. Frontispiece. , 12-70, .
Minor edge wear. Several superficial stains to front cloth. Additional notes pasted on recto and verso of title page, as issued by publisher.
This is a scarce case study meant to teach the principles of prison reform. Rev. William James (Bliss) Batt (1834-1930) was a congregational minister from Massachusetts, a great advocate of penal reform, and Chaplain of the Massachusetts Reformatory (a reformed prison) in Concord, MA. The Reformatory (now the MCI-Concord) is the state's oldest prison for men, and served as Malcolm X's prison for 15 months from 1947-1948. This book follows the life of fictional prisoner Cyrus Knox and serves as a case study of the positive influence of religion on inmates, the potential for rehabilitation, and the necessity of reforms. A very uncommon and fascinating volume. Very good. Item #1577