Keeping Prisoners Silent at Auburn Prison

face of a prisoner

Techniques for suppressing communication among prisoners at Auburn Prison early in the nineteenth century included:

  • Lock-step movement and face-to-back seating.^ Workshops, like dining halls, were arranged with face-to-back seating.^ ^
  • Strict supervision to prevent convicts from ever speaking to each other.^

Outsiders reported that Auburn Prison was enclosed in silence.^ ^

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