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Prisoners washing at a labor camp in the Malibu canyons, Malibu, 1921
Date Created and/or Issued
[circa May 14, 1921]
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Haynes Foundation funds.
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
This photograph appears with the article, “Crowded Jail Forces Prisoners Into Open,” Los Angeles Times, 15 May 1921: II1.
A row of men are seen washing themselves and their clothes. One man in the foreground chops wood.
Due to overcrowding in the Los Angeles County Jail, a labor camp was opened in the canyons of Malibu where prison labor was used to build roads connecting to the Pacific Coast Highway. The open-air camp was noted for its lack of chains, steel bars, or handcuffs.
Text from newspaper caption: Everybody his own “washer woman” Scrubbing up after a day on the roads.
Text from negative sleeve: Chain Gangs
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Convict labor--California--Malibu
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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