The Convict Lease SystemFollowing the Civil War and the reconstruction period the state of Florida found itself in debt. As a way to offset some of the state's expenditures, newly elected governor George Drew put into practice the convict leasing system in 1877. Prisoners were leased out to individuals and large companies to do various jobs from building railroads to working in turpentine camps. The person leasing the prisoner would pay the state a fee of $26 per prisoner per year. They were also obligated to provide clothing, shelter, food, and medical care for the prisoner. The price per prisoner quickly rose to $150 per year.
|Placed By||The Old Jail Museum|
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|Date Added||Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 469142 N 3308659|
|Decimal Degrees||29.90823333, -81.31965000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 29° 54.494', W 81° 19.179'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||29° 54' 29.64" N, 81° 19' 10.74" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 166 US-1 BUS, St. Augustine FL 32084, US|
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