Since the American colonies were first established by European imperialists, colonists have made use of incarceration or incapacitation as methods of punishment to deal with social deviants and criminal behavior. In the wake of the Revolutionary War, the method of incarceration focused primarily on using tight, stationary housing to lock away prisoners of war, those guilty of general deviance and criminal mischief, and eventually those convicted of federal crimes against the United States.

Beginning Federal Imprisonment

No federal offense could be possible without the existence of a unified government to ...

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