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A history of inmate rehabilitation through education in the Florida State correctional system, 1868-1980

University of Florida
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  • Corrections -- History ( Lcsh )
  • Prisoners -- Education ( Lcsh )
  • Criminals -- Rehabilitation ( Lcsh )
  • Foundations Of Education Thesis Ph. D ( Lcsh )
  • Dissertations
  • Academic -- Foundations Of Education ( Lcsh )
  • Education


History of inmate rehabilitation through education in the Florida State correctional system, 1868-1980 A HISTORY OF INMATE REHABILITATION THROUGH EDUCATION IN THE FLORIDA STATE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM: 1858-1980 BY LEONARD H. ROBERTS A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 1981 Copyright 1981 By Leonard H. Roberts This dissertation is dedicated to my mother, Mrs. Katie B. Roberts, for her confidence, patience, and support. Education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. John Dewey The mood and temper of the public with regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilization of any country. Sir Winston Churchill ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am indebted to many people for the successful completion of this work. Particular thanks are due to Gloria Ward, Teacher Education Administrator for the Florida Department of Corrections. Her knowledge and advice greatly aided in the writing and research of the manuscript. Elizabeth Alexander and Dr. Steve Kerber of the P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History of the University of Florida graciously made available to me essential books and documents relating to Florida history. Patricia Terry magically transformed my scratches and scribbles into beautiful finished copy. Members of my doctoral committee, Doctors Arthur Newman, Lyle McAlister, William Woodruff and James Wattenbarger, have exhibited a remarkable level of patience and understanding while I toiled away month after month on the dissertation manuscript. I am especially indebted to the chairman of my doctoral committee, Dr. Rodman Webb. Dr. Webb not only offered wise advice and guidance but gave me great amounts of his time in doing so. But most of all Dr. Webb instilled me with a feeling of self-confidence, spurring on my efforts to

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