Conditions in state prisons, schools, and hospitals, 1955

Report of the Statutory Committee to Visit State Institutions to the 1955 Legislature


In 1947 the Wisconsin Legislature authorized a committee to inspect state-run institutions such as prisons, reform schools, hospitals, and work farms and to recommend improvements. This 1955 report is the first to give a state-wide overview of all such facilities and is based on visits made over the preceding 18 months. It describes in significant detail the Correctional Home for Women (Taycheedah), State School for Boys (Waukesha), State School for Girls (Oregon), State Prison (Waupun) , State Reformatory (Green Bay), Central State Hospital (Waupun), Mendota State Hospital (Madison), Northern Colony and Training School (Chippewa Falls), Educational State School for the Deaf (Delavan), State School for the Visually Handicapped (Janesville), State Sanatorium (Wales), Grand Army Home for Veterans (King), Wisconsin Child Center (Sparta), Workshop for the Blind (Milwaukee), and various other state-run institutions. After clicking "View the Document" below, use the left-hand frame to browse its contents or the Search box at upper left to locate specific keywords in its text. Note that, because it is a supplement to a different state publication, it opens with page number 78.


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Creator: Wisconsin. Legislature. Committee to Visit State Institutions.
Pub Data: Madison, Wis.: Committee to Visit State Institutions, 1955; from a copy in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, call no. WI-OF Z3 VIS. 1:1955/2
Citation: Wisconsin. Legislature. Committee to Visit State Institutions. Supplement: Report of the Statutory Committee to Visit State Institutions to the 1955 Legislature (Madison, Wis.: Committee to Visit State Institutions, 1955); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1689; Visited on: 11/28/2014
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