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uses "nfofher'senBe" in taking cafe
of her. ' "
Louise Culp -has heen brought up
"7h nearly eYSry contest "the city
babies have scored a little better than
the farm babies, but Helen Burrow
is an exception to the rule.
WARDEN ALLEN OF JOLIET SAYS HE DOESN'T
FORGET CONVICTS ARE HUMAN BEINGS
the best prisoners and I would not be
afraid to send them without guards
to China, but I believe there are sev
eral score more like them in the
prison workshops. They know they'll
get a chance at outside work if
they're good and they are 'being
good.' " Governor Dunne has agreed
to commute the sentence- of every
convict employed with the road
gangs ten days for each thirty days
he is employed.
The new warden shys at the sug
gestion that he is a "reformer." .Ap
parently he-feels that lie will be class
ed with the "tyros," who enthuse
over their appointment to warden
ships, announce the adoption of.-reform
policies and subsequently aban
don them, Allen- knew all about
prison life when he took the job. His
father was warden of the same prison
when the present warden was a boy,
and there are "lifers" here who recall
the youngster in knickerbockers.
One or two of the trusties still call
The banishment of the "silence
rule" was only one of a number of
changes Warden Allen has wrought
in his uplift .policy at Joliet. Prison
stripes were abolished and solid gray
substituted. Only escaped convicts
who have been returned and 'those
who have violated their paroles -are
distinguished by clothing from the
others. They wear cross-bar suits" of
black and white.
Baseball behind the great white
washed walls waB one innovation
that has attracted most attention
among visitors to JoUet, and a pen
nant race is on that would do credit
to any of the big leagues. Each de
partment of the prison has a team
and there are twelve" of them in "the
Joliet, 111., '$ept. 13 Free speech
behind prison walls they dub it
"privilege of conversation" is as
essential as free speech in public
places, as it permits people to "blow
off"; it acte,as a safety valve, accord
ing to Edmund M. Allen, the new
warden of the Joliet state prison,
whose policies for "humanizing"
prison administration are rapidly at
tracting widespread attention.
"It is the silent man who con
spires," declared Warden Allen today,
in explaining his order permitting
convicts to converse with one anoth
er' an unheard-of thing seyeral
years ago and even today considered
preposterous by many prison heads.
"Force a man into moodiness by re
fusing to permit him to talk to his
fellows and he will occupy his mind
plotting. Give him a chance to air
his views among his fellow prisoners,
roast the country or the prison ad
ministration if he sees fit, and he will
feel contented when he gets through.
Kicking is a great American privilege
and a convict feels like'a-human be
ing when he has a chance tp indulge
in it to his heart's-content."
Thehonor system, according to
Allen, 'will some' day be. invogue in
every prison in America, He put it in
force when the first gang of .convicts
was set out on road work near Dixon
under the new fitate convict labor
law that' went into "'effect July 1.
Forty convicts were in the first gang.
They will be employed on road con
struction in Lee County until Decem
ber. 1, and the warden declared the
honor system is td-be used entirely
during the ninety-day period.
"There is not a gun in the camp,"
iaid the warden. "Of course, the men
I send out on road work are among