How Did The Yma Territorial Prison Impact On Yuma

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The yuma territorial prison had a big impact on yuma.There are many prisons but the yuma territorial prison is different, why? Because it was the first prison in arizona. And out of all arizona it was build in yuma, a small town, it help yuma in many ways. The prison helped yuma with it’s population, the economy, society, and it also helped yuma grow. The prison opened july 1st, 1876. The reason why the prison was located and put in yuma was because jose maria rendendo, he made it happen for us. The prison had a big significance in yuma and all in arizona, also in 1876 that was when the first 7 prisoners moved into the new place, then there were about 3,000 prisoners in total.The prisons significance was big not only for yuma but all through …show more content…

They called it “the country club on the colorado”. They thought of the prison that way because if you were a prisoner and you came to the prison not knowing how to read or write, you would get taught there. The prison had hired someone to come in and teach the prisoners the basic knowledge.The prisoner were lucky ! The first library in yuma was in the prison. The prison also had flush toilets, sewer systems, electricity, and forced air ventilation system throughout the whole prison, even in their cells. I thought that prison was supposed to suck. After 9 p.m. the prisoners would be able to purchase electricity, in that time period it was a big advancement to have electricity, that’s also another reason why the townspeople felt that way.Maybe even some of the townspeople didn’t have electricity, and they had freedom they didn’t do a crime. If i were there during that time i would have felt the same as most of the townspeople …show more content…

In the prison the prisoner had their cells. The cells were just a room with a bed and a toilet, and there were cells to punish them There was a cell named the dark cell, the cell was only 15 feet by 15 feet the prisoners would be locked in that cell for days depending on what they did and how bad it was. When the prisoners were in the cell they could not talk to anyone. For food the prisoners only got a bread and water once a day, they were stripped in their underwear in the cell. The cell had a cage like outter layer for when the prison guards would give the inmates food, they wouldn’t try to escape. The regular cells would separate the inmates by what their crime was, if their crime was big there was cells located in the middle of the prison. I think that it was created like that so the guards could watch them because they are more harmful to the other inmates and the guards. The prison was a big impacted on yuma. There was a school built because of the prison, it was a high school named “yuma high school” and it was named after the prison.The school had a lot of athletics and they had a nickname, “crims”, “yuma criminals” The first graduating class was in 1913. This also made yuma have a bigger population cause kids would be going to school, and it would be yuma high

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