Lawes, Lewis Edward, 1883–1947, American penologist, b. Elmira, N.Y. As warden (1920–41) of Sing Sing Prison, a New York state prison located at Ossining, N.Y., he carried out many reforms, advocating vocational training for convicts and the abolition of capital punishment. Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing (1932) is the best known of his books.
See study by R. Blumenthal (2004).
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