Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to present a general history of Utah State Prison in order that a record of that institution may be preserved. This phase of Utah history has long been neglected. It is hoped that a contribution has also been made to a better understanding of Utah's penal system.

The present penal system in use in the state of Utah had its beginning with the early Mormon settlements in Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The first laws and judicial bodies of the Mormons were very closely tied to their religious beliefs. The handling of criminals was entirely a religious responsibility, often involving fines, restitution and corporal punishment. Governmental jails and prisons came very gradually.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History

Rights

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Date Submitted

1952

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etdm338

Keywords

Prisons, Utah

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