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1916 – Prisoners put to work in Carter County

Posted on: April 22nd, 1916   Categories: Our History

Prisoners Put to Work on Roads in Carter County

Copyright The Daily Ardmoreite – Ardmore, Oklahoma
Tuesday, March 28, 1916

COUNTY JAIL IS POPULOUS THIS MONTH

Largest Number for any One Month Since Statehood was Admitted

Most of them are on Roads of County

For the first time since the dawn of statehood, the admissions to the county jail have broken all previous records for any one month.

During the month of March, there have been admitted to the county jail just 80 prisoners to serve sentence passed by the court. Of that number, 33 will still remain behind the bars, while a number have been drafted for service on the country roads between this city and the oil fields.

Yesterday work on the road from the city limits west was begun, and there is also a demand for workers on the road between this city and Springer by way of the country club and city lake. The county attorney states that so far as he is concerned that he wants to see every prisoner physically able to work on the county roads and eliminate much of this subscription money that the business men of the city have been compelled to put up in the past in order to get the roads worked at all.

The county officials determined some time ago that any man without visible means of support was going to be given a job, and it has had a wholesome effect on a lot of the individuals who never have been convicted of an honest day’s work. There is a lot of road work to be done in the county this summer, and unless the “Vags” get busy, they are going to contribute a lot of labor toward doing it.