Department of Corrections: Pontiac Correctional Center - Registers of Prisoners, August 3, 1895-August 28, 1975 | Illinois State Archives
Registers of prisoners received provide the prisoner's registration number; name; date received; names and addresses of parents and correspondents; birthplace; county where prosecuted; description of the crime committed; sentence term; race; parents' ages, birthplaces, habits, instance of insanity or epilepsy, instance of criminal activity or pauperism, occupations, and religious affiliations; indication if the prisoner were raised at home or elsewhere; names and ages of brothers and sisters; prisoner's marital status, education, occupation, employment status at the time of the crime, and religion; names of associates; previous imprisonment and arrest record; height; weight; physical and mental ability; moral sensitiveness; habits (e.g., profanity, drinks, chews, smokes); and remarks from the prisoner's conduct record (e.g., date of parole, disorderly conduct, escape attempts, profanity, talking, parole violations, promoted or reduced in grade level).
Beginning in 1931 aliases used are provided as are the prisoner's age, age when he left school, number of children fathered, and indication of deformities or diseases. After 1938 also included are hair and eye colors; conditions of heart and lungs; work assignment (e.g., kitchen, wood shop); dates the crime was committed, trial held, and sentence rendered; court case number; and a parole record. The parole record provides the parole date, name and address of a sponsor or employer; wages; dates returned to the prison, short term expired, or discharge; and if discharged by which terms (e.g., expiration of sentence, to armed services, by board order).