23 December 2012

Incarcerated In Detroit

David King Udall, the founder of the Udall political family and prominent Mormon, was incarcerated in Detroit  His experience was reflected in his journal.

Journal pages of David K. Udall (1851-1938) concerning his time at the Detroit House Of Corrections:

On August 29, 1885 at 6:00 a.m., David K. Udall left Prescott, Arizona to begin his 3 year sentence at the Detroit House of Correction, Detroit, Michigan.  This sentence was cut short to only 5 months when in the early morning of December 17, David K's. appeal for a pardon was granted in full and complete by President Grover Cleveland.  On December 18, he left Detroit and arrived home on December 23, 1885 at 4:30 p.m..  During his stay at the Detroit corrections facility, David K. kept journal entries on the envelopes used by those who sent him letters while he was in prison.
In 1922 a new, suburban, location in Plymouth Township was chosen for the Detroit House of Corrections.  It was officially closed in 1986.  According to this, the records for DeHoCo are housed at the Burton Collection at the Detroit Public Library.

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