Department of Corrections: Alton State Penitentiary and Joliet/Stateville Correctional Center - Penitentiary Mittimus Files, 1857-1916 | Illinois State Archives
Files include mittimus reports, prisoner examinations, prison inmate jackets, and related correspondence. Mittimus reports provide the court trial date; names of the trial judge, court clerk, state's attorney, and sheriff; a copy of proceedings; names of defendant and his counsel; plea; court order remanding the prisoner from the county jail to the penitentiary; sentence term; date the prisoner was delivered to the penitentiary; name of the delivering law officer; and the prisoner's identification number. Prisoner examinations show the prisoner's name and registration number; names of aliases used; date entered the prison; sentence term; name of the county with jurisdiction; description of the crime; the prisoner's race, complexion, age, nose structure, nativity, nationality, height, weight, hair and eye colors, shoe size, build, religion, education, habits (e.g., drink, smoke, chew), and disposition; names of associates; indication that the prisoner's parents are living or dead; their birthplaces; the age of the prisoner when he left home; number of children fathered; marital status; if married, the residence of his wife; the prisoner's hereditary diseases; conditions of his heart and lungs; indication of previous arrests and if so for which crimes; previous occupation and indication if working at the time of his arrest; names and addresses of correspondents; names of other prisons where previously incarcerated; citizenship status; and remarks about physical appearance (e.g., scars, tattoos, moles).
Prison inmate jackets give the prisoner's name and registration number; names of aliases used; date entered the prison; crime committed; sentence term; plea; names of associates; county of jurisdiction; court term; case number; prisoner's race, age, eye and hair colors, nationality, nativity, weight, height, build, religion, education, habits (e.g., drink, smoke, chew), and disposition; parents' birthplaces and current addresses; age the prisoner left home; number of children fathered; marital status; correspondents' names and addresses; citizenship status; summaries of previous criminal, punishment, and parole histories; prison work assignments and conduct record; and remarks (e.g., discharged, transferred, died, paroled). Related correspondence with parole officers, law enforcement agencies, family members and friends, parole sponsors, and corrections officials concern visitation rights, the prisoner's health and character, parole procedures, the circumstances surrounding the crime, parole violations, recommendations for and against pardons, transfers to other institutions, requests for physical examinations, and prisoner deaths.
Variously included are front and profile photographs, parole applications, parole progress reports, statements of prosecuting attorneys and trial judges, parole and discharge orders, parole violation reports, orders for the arrest and return of paroled prisoners, applications to transfer to other institutions, certificates of insanity, newspaper clippings, and related memoranda.