A rare glimpse into MCI-Norfolk
Winslow’s records – never before released to the public – offer a rare glimpse into life at the first “community-based” prison in the United States.
The Norfolk State Prison Colony (as it was then called) had its own debate team, orchestra, and newspaper. Inmates took classes and served on committees and councils, and many volunteered to serve their country during wartime.
Several well-known figures did time at Norfolk during the 1940s, including Malcolm X (who was on Norfolk’s debate team,) big-time bookmaker Harry “Doc” Sagansky of Brookline, legendary mob boss Raymond Patriarca and Cocoanut Grove nightclub owner Barney Welansky.