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Charles Cason

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Record Series:
Department of Correction Prison North 1858-1897


Last Name Cason
First Name Charles
Middle Name
Institution or Agency Indiana State Prison North
Arrival Date 1887/02/18
Discharge Date 1888/02/27
Notes Paroled
Book # 4
Page # 186
ReferenceNumber DOC052600


Due to overcrowded conditions at the State Prison in southern Indiana, a second state prison was established at Michigan City, Indiana, in 1858. It took prisoners from northern Indiana. In 1897 the new facility would become the sole State Prison when the Old Prison South was converted to a Reformatory for the younger male prisoners. Older prisoners from the southern prison were sent to the Michigan City facility, which necessitated a new numbering system for prisoners. Therefore patrons should check the State Prison 1897-1966 database as well if the prisoner was there after 1897. Patrons may write for a copy of an inmate's record from the microfilmed admission books and commitment papers at For more information visit


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