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{Signed) JOHN F. TREMAIN,

Secretary.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

VILLAGE LOOKUP— CHATEAUOAY

I visited Ghateaugay on August 9, 1920, and again on August 11th
and was unable to find any one who had a key to the lockup, the con-
stable being out of town and 'the caretaker not to be found.

I was informed that there were no changes in the lockup, it remain-
ing as described in report of inspection dated August 25, 1917.

There is little use for a lockup here, as arrests are very infrequait.

Respectfully submitted,

{Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commiasioner.

TOWN LOCKUP—DICKINSON CENTER

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Inspected May 12, 1920. H. W. Ramsdell, supervisor ; Melvin Dawson,
town clerk.

This lockup remains the same as described in former reports. It
consists of one latticed steel cell, located in the town house which is a
one-story wooden building about 28 by 32 feet. There is ample liglit
from several windows. The cell has a steel bunk and some bedding.
Kerosene lamps are used for light at night.

Arrests are infrequent. The building should always have supervision
when occupied by a prisoner.

Respectfully submitted,

{Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

CommisHoner.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— MALONE

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Inspected April 29, 1920. Ernest Mason, village president; Qeorge
Badore, chief of police.

There have been no changes in this lookup since the last inspection.
The department for males is located in a brick building in rear of the
fire station and contains three steel cells equipped with bunks, water-
proof mattresses and blanketu, toilet and running water in each cell. It
is well lighted and ventilated and was clean. It has electric light and
steam heat.

There is a room for women on th<i second ft^r over the fire station,
supplied with cot bed, toilet and lavatory.

There are but few arrests. A policeman is allowed 25 cents for each
meal furnished to prisoners.



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BBCOMMENDATIONS

That the steel cells which are now black be painted a light color
and that the whole interior of the men's department also be painted a
light color.*

That the policeman be paid a more liberal allowance for feeding
prisoners, as the amount allowed is not sufHcient.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE.

Comtnisaioner,
^Lockup has been painted and allowance for meals for prisoners
increased from twenty-flve to fifty cents.

TOWN LOCKUP— SANTA CLARA

FBANKUN COUNTY

Inspected May 12, 1920. John Redwood, supervisor, Bay Pond ; Alonzo
Pierce, town clerk, Santa Clara.

This lockup consists of two latticed steel cells located in the basement
of the town hall which is a one-story wooden building on a cement founda-
tion. A portion of the basement is partitioned off for a lockup. There
is a coal stove for heating and kerosene lamps are used for lighting.

The cells have steel bunks and some bedding.

The entrance is from the side of the building and down several steps
into a room adjoining the cell room. There are very few arrests.

My last inspection report recommended that the steps which were in
broken condition be repaired and that the cells be painted. These recom-
mendations have been complied with. The whole interior has been cleaned
and presented a much better appearance. The place should always have
supervision when occupied by a prisoner.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Oommi8Sioner.

VILLAOE LOCKUP— SARANAC LAKE

FBANKUN COUNTY

Inspected July 20, 1920.

The condition of this lockup remains practically the same as it was
at the time of the last inspection. It is in the town hall building and has
a department with three steel cells for males, equipped with bunks, mat-
tresses and blankets. There is a toilet and sink in the room which is
lifted by electric light and lighted and ventilated by day by three win-
dows. The department for women has a cell, toilet, running water, electric
light and one window. The building is heated by steam.

The number of arrests is small. The lockup was in a fair state of
cleanliness.

BECOMMENDATION

That the cells and cell room be painted a light color.
Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

CamnUssioner.

JOHN F. TREMAIN,

Secretary.



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TOWN LOOKUP— TUPPER LAKE

FRANKUN COUNTY

Inspected June 18, 1920. Leon P. Demars, supervisor ; John A. Chalm-
ers, town clerk; J. D. Auclair, chief of police.

The population of the village of Tupper Lake is about 5,000.

This lockup consists of two latticed steel cages located In the rear
portion of the town hall, which is a two-story brick building. There Is
another room calculated for the detention of females or juveniles in case
such room is required. The lockup is practically fireproof, having cement
floor and steel ceiling. It was found clean.

Each cell has a toilet and steel bunk supplied with bedding. The
toilets were not in good condition and would not flush properly.

There is steam heat and electric light. There is a faucet with running
water, but no sink or lavatory has been installed as recommended in a
report of inspection made August 20, 1915. There are three windows
which furnish adequate light and ventilation.

The arrests average about 10 a month; last month there were 15.

It is recommended that the toilets be repaired and the recommenda-
tion made in 1915 that a sink or lavatory be installed is hereby renewed.*

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner.
♦Recommendation waived for the present.

FULTON COUNTY

CITY JAIL— GLOVERSVILLE

Inspected June 3, 1920. George R. Smith, chief of police, assisted by
13 officers.

This jail remains as described in the last report of inspection and
was clean, showing it receives good care.

The cells are furnished with mattresses which are destroyed eadi
year and replaced with new ones which are occasionally washed until
worn out or destroyed.

There were 207 arrests in 1910, of whom 14 were women. A matron
is employed when women are in custody. So far in 1920 the number of
arrests averages alx)ut the same as in 1919.

I consider this a very good jail in so far as light and sanitation are
concerned and under present conditions may be adequate for the city's
requirements.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner.

CITY JAIL— JOHNSTOWN

FX7LT0IT COUNTY

Inspected June 3, 1920. W. W. Chamberlain, mayor; Peter Joyce,

chief of police. ^ ^. * * „^

This jail was recently improved as a temporary expedient in ac-
cordance with plans approved by the State Commission of Prisons, and
it should only be temporary, as it consists of a wooden shack one-story
high in the rear of the fire hall. It contains three wooden cells lined
with metal and a metal floor Uning. It has plenty of light and ventila-
tion. One cell is used for lodgers. There is a toilet and lavatory in each

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cell. It has steam heat and electric light Wooden bunks or benches
are in each cell without bedding of any kind.

The place was clean. Only a few arrests are made.

BECOMMENDATIONS

That iron cots be installed in the cells and famished with mattresses
and blankets, and that the jail always have supervision when occupied
by prisoners.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

CommisHoner.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— ^NORTHVILLE

FULTON COUNITT

Inspected August 18, 1920.

A steel cell set in a rear corner of the hose room on the first floor
of a two-story brick building serves as a lockup for the village of North-
ville which has a population of about 1,300.

The cell is about 8 feet square, made of round bars, open on all sides
with steel top and floor. It has four bunks, one of which was equipped
with bedding. There are no toilet facilities in the room and a bucket Is
used. There are windows in the front and rear of the room, insuring
ample light and ventilation.

The interior of the building is of wooden construction and no one
should be locked in the cell unless constant supervision is afforded.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) JOHN F. TREMAIN,

Secretary,

GENESEE COUNTY

CITY JAIL— BATAVIA

Inspected September 6, 1920. Lewis Prentice, mayor; Andrew
McCully, chief of police.

This is a modern two-story brick jail and remains the same as
described in a report of inspection dated September 24, 1919.

New mattresses have been ordered for the bunks.

The number of arrests this year averages about 65 per cent of the
number last year.

The place was clean showing good care.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner,

VILLAGE LOCKUP— -LE ROY

GENESEE COUNTY

Inspected September 6, 1920. H. B. Ward, village president
This lockup consists of two flat barred steel cages placed in one of
the rear comers of -the flre hall, a modem two-story brick and concrete
structure. Each cage contains a steel bunk provided with mflttresses and
quilts in good condition. There are no toilet facilities except buckets in
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steam and has electric light There should be a partition separating
these cages from the fire hall and toilets and lavatories installed in the
cages. This is recommended.

There are a good many arrests, most of which are for violating the
traffic ordinances.

The place was fairly dean.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

CommUsianer.

GREENE COUNTY

VILLAGE LOCKUP— OOXSACKIE

Inspected November 19, 1920. F. J. Collier, village president

This is a modem lockup and was fully described in former reports

of inspection. It has separate departments for males and females, each

furnished with good beds and toilet facilities.

Since the last inspection the toilet pipes have been repaired and the

lockup was found in good condition, although it has not been used this

year. I was credibly informed that it is occasionally cleaned and aired.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) CHARLES S. ROGERS,

Commisiioner.

HERKIMER COUNTY

VILLAGE LOCKUP—FRANKFORT

Inspected September 30, 1920. H. G. Birpe, village president

Police headquarters is on the second floor of a modern rented building
near the central part of the village, but the lockup is located in the fire
engine house several blocks away.

There are two rooms without cells built in the rear end of the hose
room. The equipment consists of an iron cot bed in one room and several
wooden bunks in the other; also blankets, flushing toilets, one small win-
tlow in each, electric light, and steam heat

Since the last inspection new toilets have been installed and the
interior walls have been kalsomined. The lockup was in fairly good con-
dition and is said to be used much less than in former years. No females
have been arrested this year. While the interior of the lockup is largely
fireproof, an officer is said to be on duty at night when a prisoner is
detained.

I was informed that funds are available for the erection of a town
hall and municipal building, and a contract will be let as soon as in-
dustrial conditions and prices of material become more normal. It is
proposed to install a modem lockup and police headquarters in such new
building, and the authorities are aware of the law requiring the approval
of the plans of that portion by the State Commission of Pris<ma before
the work is undertaken.

Respectfully sid)mitted,

(Signed) CLIFFORD M. YOUNG,

Inspector.



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VILLAGE LOCKUP—ILION

HEBKIlfEB COUNTY -

Inspected September 30, 1920. George Huck, chief of police.

This lockup remains in practically the same condition as described
in the last report of inspection. It consists of a large room with four
steel cells for men and a small detention room for women, located In the
rear of police headquarters. Each cell has a toilet and bunk with leather
covered mattress. The room for women, which adjoins the main lockup,,
has a cot bed, toilet and lavatory.

The lockup was found in good condition, but the men's cell room i«
used somewhat for storage purposes. It would be better to provlde^
quarters elsewhere for these articles, as they interfere with sweeping and
cleaning of the room.

A garage for the patrol automobile has been erected In the rear of
the lookup. This tends to slightly darken the men's cell room but if the
Interior is kept painted white the quarters will still be quite light.

As is true in most places, the number of arrests in this village is
much smaller than in former years.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) CLIFFORD M. YOUNG,

Inspector^

CITY JAIL-^LITTLE FALLS

HERKIMER COUNTY

Insi)ected July 30, 1920. Nelson R. Gilbert, mayor; James J. Long;
chief of police.

This is a modem city jail and was fully described in a report of in-
spection dated June 3, 1918. It remains in the same good condition as
described in that report. All the departments were clean, showing ex-
cellent care. This jail is a credit to the city of Little Falls.

There is an average of about 700 arrests annually.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner,

VILLAGE LOCKUP—MIDDLEVILLE

HERKIMER COUNTY

Inspected July 31, 1920. W. E. Autenrich, village president; John
Bellinger, chief of police.

This lockup remains as described in a report of Inspection dated
October 15, 1918. It is a fire trap and was found literally filled with
tmsh at all kinds. It was stated that no person had been detained here
in the last year. The last report of inspection stated that $20,000 was
available for building a new municipal building in which would be located
a new lockup. The project has been delayed, but indications now are
that the building will be erected in the near future.

The present lockup should be cleaned and put in order at once, and
should always have supervision when occupied.*

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner,

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♦Village cleric reports lockup has been cleaned and put in order and
will have supervision when occupied.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— NEWPORT

HEBKIMlUt COUNTY

Inspected July 31, 1920. Ira L. Jones, village president
This lockup remains the same as described in a report of inspection
dated October 15, 1918. It is located in the fire house which is a two-
story wooden building. There is one cell with wooden bar front built
in one side of the room. It contains a wooden bunk and some bedding.

Arrests are very infrequent, but should a prisoner be detained the
place should have supervision as it is always in danger of fire. There is
plenty of light but no water. The room is heated with a coal stove.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner.

JEFFERSON COUNTY

VILLAGE LOCKUP— ALEXANDRIA BAY

Inspected August 14, 1920. J. D. Reid, village president; James H.
Crabb, chief of police.

This lockup remains in the same good condition as shown in former
reports. It is located in the rear of the fire hall, a one-story and attic
building of wooden construction. There is a separate entrance to the
lockup which consists of two modern steel cells, each equipped with toilet,
lavatory, mattress, blankets and pillows. There is also a toilet in the
corridor which is protected by a board partition. The cell room Is lined
with steel and has a cement floor. It is heated with steam and has
electric light.

The number of arrests in summer averages about 15 per month, and
in winter about 5.

Respectfully submitted,

{Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE.

Commissioner,

VILLAOE LOCKUP— ANTWERP

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Inspected May 7, 1920. George H. Rogers, village president.

This lockup is located in the basement of the fire hall, which is a
brick building. Entrance is from the rear of the building on the ground
level. The room is lighted by two windows and electric lights.

There are two steel cages equipped with bunk, mattress and blankets.
Heat is supplied by a furnace. The floor is concrete and can be flushed
into a sewer. There is water in the corridor. Buckets are used in the
ceU.

The place was fairly clean. One window has a broktti glass which
jihould be replaced. This lockup is seldom used.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner,



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VILLAGE LOCKUP— CAPE VINCENT

JEFFEBSON COUNTY

Inspected May 26, ld20. M. G. Fitzgerald, village president; J. W.
Cornaire, village clerk; Frank Wiley, chief of police.

This lockup was improved in 1918 under plans approved by the State
Commission of Prisons and remains the same as described in a report of
inspection dated May 24, 1918. It has two cells with barred windows
which furnish light and ventilation. Bach cell is equipped with sanitary
toilet and wash basin.

There is a separate room prepared for women and children in case
such is required.

The lockup is said to have supervision when occupied, which is very
Important.

The place was clean, showing good care.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commi8%i4>ner.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— CARTHAGE

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Inspected May 15, 1920. I. Wood DeCant, village president; H. M.
Andre, chief of police.

This lockup was improved in 1919 under plans approved by the State
Commission of Prisons. The department for men is on the ground floor
of a brick building used for fire hall. The cells are equipped with toilet
and lavatory which were in good condition. A separate room supplied
with cots is provided on the same floor for lodgers.

There is a detention room on the second floor for women and juve-
niles. Police headquarters is on this floor. The women's room has a
closet and lavatory and a bed supplied with good bedding.

The whole place was clean, showing good care. I consider this a
flrst class lockup for a village of this size.

Respectfully submitted,

{Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commi99ioner.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— CHAUMONT

JEFFEBSON COUNTY

Inspected May 25, 1920. Frank Walrath, village president; Sherman
Wallace, village clerk.

This lockup is a one-story wood^i building and consists of two wooden
cells with latticed steel doors located in the rear of the building. The
room is also used for meetings of the village board and for election
purposes. One cell was equipped with a wooden bunk, mattress and
quilts, and the other was flUed with election booths.

The room has plenty of light and ventilation. The one cell was
fairly dean.

The lockup is heated by a wood stove and has electric light. It
should always have supervision when occupied. The village has no water
or sewer system.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Ci>mmi%%ioner,



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VILLAGE LOCKUP— CLAYTON

JEFFEB80N COUIfTT

Inspected August 13, 1920. M. A. Marble, village president; W. R.
Mar&Oiali, chief of police.

This lockup remains in fhe same insanitary condition as shown in
report of insi>ection dated September 29, 1919, except the toilets which
are in worse condition than was reported at that time. The supply of
water seems inadequate to properly flush the toilets whioh are in filthy
condition.

The ventilation is inadequate. There is a small window over the
cells, another over the entrance door, and from appearances neither has
ever been opened. The bedding is dirty and should be replaced with new
if the old cannot be cleaned and renovated. The mattresses should have
a waterproof covering.

There are only a few arrests, but if a lod^up is to be maintained it
should be kept in sanitary condition. The normal population of Clayton
is about 2,000, but in summer this number is largely increased by visitors
to the St. Lawrence river. The former recommendations have received
no attention. It is recommended:

That means be provided for more ventilation.

That the toilets be put in good condition.

That the mattresses be provided with a waterproof covering.

That the bed clothing be either cleaned or new bedding provided.

That the place be cleaned and the interior painted a light color and
that some one be made responsible for keeping the lockup clean.

That if the foregoing recommendations are not complied with the
village authorities be cited to show cause why the lockup should not be
dosed.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIIAL H. PIERCE,

Commi88ioner.

VILLAGE LOCKUP - CLAYTON

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Inspected November 29, 1920. M. A. Marble, village president; W.
R. Marshall, diief of police.

This lockup was inspected August 13, 1920, at which time the follow-
ing recommendations were made:

That more ventilation be provided.

That toilets be put in good condition.

That mattresses be provided with waterproof covering.

That the bed clothing be either cleaned or new provided.

That the place be cleaned and the interior painted a light color and
that some one be made responsible for keeping it clean.

I am pleased to report that two new toilets have been Installed and
that the mattresses have been provided with waterproof covers. The
bedding and cell room appeared to be clean.

The two cells are of steel plate with latticed tops and doors. The
inside of the cells has been painted a light color, the outside red. The
cell room is not painted at all, as was intended by the recommendation.
This should be done without delay. Clayton would then have a fairly
good lockup.

Respectfully submitted,

(Sifftied) MIAL H. PIERCE,

OommUHaner,

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LOCKUP— DEFERIBT

JEFFEBSON COUNTY

Inspected May 14, 1920. Herbert McDonald, officer in charge.

This lockup is owned by the St. Regis Paper Company and is main-
tained by the company for its own protection. I was informed, however,
that it is not now in use. It remains the same as described in my
report of July 31, 1918, and was clean.

The lockup consists of a room 16 by 16 feet at one end of the mill,
one latticed steel cell with bunks, mattresses and blankets, which were
in good condition.

In my former report it was recommended that the present window
be barred; that a large window be put into the partition between the
cell room and stock room; and that this window be properly barred.
This has not been done. These recommendations are renewed if Uie
lockup is to be used for detention purposes.*

Respectfully submitted,

iSiffned) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner.
♦General manager reports lockup improved as recommended.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— DEXTER

JEBFERSON COUNTY

Inspected May 25, 1920. William Allison, village president; C. O.
Phelan, village derk.

This lockup is on the ground floor of a two-story building. The first
atory is of stone and the upper one of wood construction.

The floor is concrete and the lockup has plenty of light furnished
by flve windows. It is equipped with two steel cells, the fronts and rears
of which are of round bars and the sides and partition of steel plate. It
is heated by a coal stove and has electric light. The place was very
dirty, «fliowing lack of care.

BECOMMENDATIONS

That the cells be painted a light color.

That the whole place be cleaned up and some one be made responsible
lor keeping it clean.*

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner.
♦Village derk reports lockup has been cleaned.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— PHILADELPHIA

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Inspected May 7, 1920. B. W. Taylor, village president; John White,
<»hief of police.

The building occupied by the lockup is owned by the village and is
a two-story wooden structure. The flrst floor is the flre hall with lockup
in a rear comer behind the stairs. The room is about 10 by 20 feet, with
two steel cages with bunks equipped with mattresses and blankets. The
room is heated by a coal stove and has electric light and one window
which is not, but should be, barred.

The place was dirty, showing neglect. I was Informed that the
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not be neglected. Some one should be made responsible for keeping the
lockup dean.* .

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) MIAL H. PIERCE,

Commissioner,
*Village president reports lockup cleaned and caretaker made re-
sponsible for its cleanliness.

VILLAGE LOCKUP— SACKETS HARBOR

JEFFEB80N COUITTT



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