McNeil Island Penitentiary

U.S. Federal Prison

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McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington (ddr-densho-37-842)
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Original caption: A view of the oiginal #1 cell house and officers quarters.
Gene Akutsu Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-1-22)
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Arriving at McNeil Island Penitentiary after resisting the draft: living conditions
McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington (ddr-densho-37-840)
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Original caption: View showing auto shop - machine shop as constructed in 1934 -- note old bachelor officer quarters at right.
Prison cells (ddr-densho-37-839)
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Original caption: Inside view of Old #1 cell house.
Gene Akutsu Interview II Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-210-14)
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Revisiting McNeil Island fifty years after being incarcerated there
Gene Akutsu Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-1-31)
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Everyday life at McNeil Island Penitentiary after resisting the draft
Jim Akutsu Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-2-44)
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Keeping occupied in the McNeil Island Penitentiary

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Akio Hoshino Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-26-12)
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Description of McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington; imprisoned for resisting the draft
Gene Akutsu Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-1)
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Nisei male. Born September 23, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle's Nihonmachi. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Refused to participate in draft, imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington, for resisting the draft. Resettled in Seattle. Mr. Akutsu passed away on October 6, 2011.
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-290-27)
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Being released from prison after serving two-year sentence for draft resistance

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ...

Jim Akutsu Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-122-12-15)
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Recollections of prison, being released

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the resistance ...

Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-107-29)
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Serving sentence at McNeil Island Penitentiary for draft resistance, thoughts on other inmates
Gene Akutsu Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-1-32)
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Work detail at McNeil Island Penitentiary; imprisoned for resisting the draft
Gene Akutsu Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-1-33)
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Visitors at McNeil Island Penitentiary; imprisoned for resisting the draft
Jim Akutsu Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-2-43)
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Separated from the Heart Mountain resisters at McNeil Island Penitentiary

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Jim Akutsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-2)
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Nisei male. Born 1920 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resisted draft, with the rationale that the U.S. government had classified him 4-C, an enemy alien, and he was therefore under no obligation to serve. Imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington. Vocal critic of JACL. Resettled in ...
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