From the 1960’s is this unusual lot of two items from the penitentiary in Illinois, in Menard, that was given to the family of the inmates. For the sake of privacy I have hidden names from any pictures.
The first one to your left ( in pictures ) is the penitentiary’s regulations booklet, about visits and correspondence. There is 6 pages front and back that includes varies topics, maps, about the visitations, address and etc.
The second one to your right, is a letter that I find very strange, but then again, I have never dealt with penitentiaries, so I would have no idea how it would work. Anyway, this one is a letter that was sent to the family of the inmate in Dec. 1961. It is from the Division of the Criminologist. It states the date the inmate was “received” , and it goes into explaining the purpose of the letter is so they can better understand the inmates’ life and behavior as completely as possible. It goes on the describe this program that consist of physical examinations, various test, and friendly interviews. There was obviously a questionnaire form in this letter, but I am sure the family filled it out and sent it back to them. It is very interesting, the letter is closed with the Supervising Sociologist signature