First Person Accounts of Sing-Sing

While free men were able to write about prison reform, theories about prison architecture, or religion in prisons, many of those actually inside of the penitentiaries were relatively invisible, or their words discounted. However, first person accounts do exist, and have been successfully published. The words of Horace Lane on his time in prison will be examined, along with information about the Horace’s life beyond prison. Horace Lane’s motivations for writing about his experience will also be analyzed, and the motivations of other inmates, like Levi S. Burr, who turned inmate writing into a genre.