Police & Prison Writing

The San Quentin Story- Warden Clinton T. Duffy - 1950 - First Edition


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    The San Quentin Story, First Edition
    Warden Clinton T. Duffy, as told to Dean Jennings
    Doubeday & Company, Inc.: Garden City, New York, 1950

    Stated First Edition. Black cloth with yellow titles on spine; wrapped in original dust jacket. Near Fine/Very Good. From the collection of Pulitzer Prize nominee and historian Gloria Grace Griffen. Withdrawn from the University of Nevada Gloria Grace Griffen Western American Collection, with a bookplate identifying as much adhered to front paste down.

    Light adhesive mark on front endpapers, pages are clean and binding is tight; spine of dust jacket sunned, one inch closed tear to top edge, now protected in archival mylar cover.

    Raised by a San Quentin guard, Clinton Duffy was intimately familiar with prison life before his appointment as warden. He was a vocal advocate for eradicating capital punishment and he is known for spurring reformation efforts such as the elimination of dungeons and physical punishment, establishing a hobby-shop program, publishing a prison newspaper broadening educational facilities and job programs, and establishing the first Alcoholics Anonymous chapter in any prison.
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