Frank’s Association with Thomas Mott Osborne
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By this time, Tannenbaum had made contact with progressive prison reformer Thomas Mott Osborne, who was at the time the warden of Sing Sing Penitentiary. Writing to district attorney of Westchester County, Frederick Weeks, Tannenbaum stated (Box 5, Folder W, Letter dated January 15, 1916):
I first heard of Mr. Osborne and his work while in solitary confinement in the penitentiary on Blackwell’s Island. The news reached me through a friend of Mr. Osborne’s who was then investigating city prisons . . . I did not believe in prison reform, my confinement in the penitentiary during a reform administration did not make me very sanguine as to its benefits. I had seen men driven insane as a result of solitary confinement. I had seen others and had myself suffered the tortures of extreme hunger and thirst while wallowing in dirt upon the hard stone floor of the cooler and only a thin blanket for covering.