A winning debate team
Winslow remembered another unique aspect of Norfolk: the prison’s debate team.
Founded in the 1930s by Cerise C. Jack, a progressive reformer from Walpole, Norfolk’s all-inmate squad competed against students from Harvard, MIT, Princeton and other top colleges. Inmates presented eloquent arguments on topics such as free trade, capital punishment and the legality of wiretapping, and compiled an impressive record of victories against the collegiate teams.
“They had some tremendous debaters,” said Winslow. “They were consistent winners.”