The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 416
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Political cartoonist Bob Aitchison criticizes Gov. Thomas Mitchell Campbell's
defense of prison system management in a cartoon from the Nov. 12, 1909, San
Antonio Express. Prison reform was an important political issue in Texas during
the Progressive era.
had refused to reconfirm their appointments for another two-year term.
With Cabell's departure, the Colquitt administration's commitment to
continued prison reform began to subside. No longer did the governor
desire to read convict letters, persuading the new commissioners to
require prison employees to read all mail addressed to the governor. In
fact, the weary Colquitt asked the board to not trouble him with the
details of prison management. Nevertheless, he and Cabell had made
determined efforts to alter the course of Texas penology. More impor-
tantly, Colquitt's campaign to abolish the bat drew public attention to
penal matters and certainly encouraged some state leaders to demand
modern and humane methods."
" Cabell to Board of Prison Commissioners, F. C. Weinert and W. O. Murray, Aug. 26, 1913;
Secretary of Board of Prison Commissioners to Wardens and Managers, Jan. 7, 1914; S. J. Bass
(commissioner) to Colquitt, Feb. 6, 1914; and W. O. Murray to Colquitt, Mar. 6, 1914, all in
Colquitt Governor's Records; Austin Statesman, Aug. 20, 24, 1913; and Colquitt to A. R.
McCollom, Sept. o10, 1913, box 2E115, letter presses, no. 125, Colquitt Papers.
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