It's not unusual for a prisoner to be incarcerated more than once. Recidivism is a big problem in the American criminal justice system. However, it is unusual when a husband and wife are convicted of the same crime.
The man pictured above is Arthur Burns, originally from Joplin, Missouri. Swipe left to see an earlier photo of him. Arthur Burns was convicted, along with his wife Sarah Burns, of violating the White Slave Traffic Act, also known as the Mann Act. In 1915, they were accused of luring two young women from Arkansas into a life of "prostitution and debauchery." Arthur received a three-year sentence at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Sarah was given one year at the Lansing State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas. Arthur's correspondence log in his prison file indicates the husband and wife wrote to each other quite often.
His prison file also sheds light on the kind of life Arthur lived outside the walls. According to his initial medical examination, Arthur had no less than four different scars from stab wounds and one gunshot wound in his left thigh. He also had a history of venereal disease and his right index finger had been amputated at the first knuckle. He was 31 years old in 1915 and stood tall at 6 feet 4 inches.
Arthur was released in 1917 and moved with Sarah to Ennis, Texas. But he seems to have disappeared after registering for the draft during World War I.
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RG 129: Records of Bureau of Prisons. Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Leavenworth, Kansas. Inmate Case Files, 1895-1957. Burns, Arthur, 5808 & 9991.