THE STATES: Prisons & Power

New York State gained national attention and considerable imitation when it first led out stiffly against Crime with its famed Baumes Laws. These severe penal statutes overcrowded the state's prisons with life-term felons, helped breed the fierce despair among herded inmates which fired last year's deadly riots at Auburn and Dannemora (TIME, Aug. 5, et seg.).

Prison reform was naturally Item No.1 on the political program at Albany last week when the legislature convened to receive the annual message of Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Officials throughout the land pricked up their...

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