Killing of Lewis Gordon in Georgia in 1941


Case summary

Lewis Gordon (1919-1941), a laborer, was killed by prison warden C.A. Jacobson in Rising Fawn, Dade County, Georgia. According to a published court case, Jacobson forced Gordon and twenty-one other prisoners into an overheated building and kept them there for around seven hours without adequate air and water. Gordon died as a result. Jacobson was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1941-08-12
Location: Trenton, Dade County, Georgia
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: engaging in a sit down strike; attacking a prison guard

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: 3 years

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