Let the children suffer

On October 1, 1875, Virginia State Penitentiary inmate Thomas Nowlin died of third-degree burns suffered when he fell into a tub of boiling coffee in the kitchen. Thomas was 10 years old.

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From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1891.

Leased out for labor

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Convicts leased to harvest timber in Georgia, 1915.

Legislative impotence

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Harry Sitlington was sentenced to death for murder just days after his 16th birthday in 1910. The press reported, “ The boy had a criminal look and seemed not to realize the enormity of his crime.” Library of Virginia photo.

From Imprisoning to Executing

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Courtesy Library of Virginia.

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Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 11 books. More at www.dalebrumfield.net.

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