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    An Original Prison Mugshot Book
    from 1928-1929

    [Prison Mugshot Book]. Description of Prisoners Received... Vol. K [spine annotation]. [N.p., 1929-1929]. Prison mugshot book, with three photos to each page (on almost every page). Each photo is in black and white, and approximately 3 x 2.5 inches, with full face and right profile of convict in every photo. Accompanying each photo is information about each convict (name and statistics, crime, release date or parole date if applicable). Most prisoners are male, but there are several female prisoners as well. Although this volume is marked "Vol. K" on the spine, it contains photos and information of prisoners with surnames starting with every letter of the alphabet, not just "K." With over 1,300 photos. Oblong folio. Approximately 11 x 12.25 inches. 11627 [sic]-12086 pages. Bound in contemporary screw-bound gray cloth binding with black morocco tips, spine stenciled in blue. Spine worn with several holes in cloth with some loss of text, binding worn and soiled, front free endpaper and first page loose, some intermittent soiling in text, text leaves a bit toned and wrinkled, some pages torn, some pages blank, some with photographs removed. An unusual and unique item. In this book, you have a bleak look at American race relations of the 1920's: African-American prisoners with darker skin tones are commonly labeled "Nigger" in the information section. From the Collection of Zita Books.

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    San Quentin State Prison is the oldest functioning prison in California (it opened its doors in 1852), and it has the only Death Row facilities for male convicts in California, which is the largest in the United States. San Quentin also pioneered many rehabilitation programs which are now common throughout the prison system: their SQUIRES program is the oldest juvenile awareness program in the United States (and is a forerunner to the Scared Straight programs); it has the only on-site college degree-granting program in the California penal system; San Quentin hosted the first prison-based Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the United States in 1941). Of great interest, this book also contains the mugshot of Gordon Stewart Northcott (page 11857), who was the main killer in the famous "Wineville Chicken Coop Murders," in which several young boys were kidnapped and murdered in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties in 1928. These crimes were, in part, the basis of Clint Eastwood's 2008 film, The Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie.



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