Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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The Wethersfield State Prison opened in September 1827 with the transfer of eighty-one prisoners from Newgate Prison. Modeled after the state of the art Auburn State Prison in New York, Wethersfield provided solitary confinement for the prisoners and facilities for various workshops. In 1963, all prisoners from Wethersfield were transferred to a new State Prison at Somers and two years later Wethersfield State Prison was demolished.
Scope and Content
The Warrants of Commitment, 1800-1903, contain the name of the prisoner, any known aliases, the crime, sentence, court, and date of incarceration. This information can be used to determine the probable location of court records relating to the individual prisoners.
The database contains the following information: prisoner's name, aliases, residence, crime committed, victim (if known), sentence, court, and date of issue.