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McNeil Island Penitentiary

U.S. Federal Prison

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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.
McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington (ddr-densho-37-842)
img McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington (ddr-densho-37-842)
Original caption: A view of the oiginal #1 cell house and officers quarters.
Prison cells (ddr-densho-37-839)
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Original caption: Inside view of Old #1 cell house.
Photo of McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary (ddr-densho-122-606)
img Photo of McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary (ddr-densho-122-606)
Caption: McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, 1939 (view looking south from hill) (view looking south from hill behind prison). On back: possibly taken by George Nozawa
Jim Akutsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-2)
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Nisei male. Born January 25, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resisted the 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 …
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 the draft and was imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington, for draft resistance. Resettled in Seattle.
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 …

Jim Akutsu Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-2-43)
vh Jim Akutsu Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-2-43)
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 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.

Gene Akutsu Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-1-22)
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Arriving at McNeil Island Penitentiary after resisting the draft: living conditions
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
Gene Akutsu Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-1-31)
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Everyday life at McNeil Island Penitentiary after resisting the draft
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-107-29)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-107-29)
Serving sentence at McNeil Island Penitentiary for draft resistance, thoughts on other inmates
Akio Hoshino Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-26-12)
vh Akio Hoshino Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-26-12)
Description of McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington; imprisoned for resisting the draft
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