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Carrie Stephenson O'Connor (1871 - 1926)
Carrie O’Connor was an early role model for socially oriented criminal justice services. She served as the first police woman (matron) in Moline, Illinois, beginning her tenure there in 1908 and lasting for eight years. She was then appointed superintendent of the State Training School for Girls in Geneva, Illinois from 1914 to 1917. According to their annual reports in 1915 and 1916, corporal punishment had been abolished and the prison-like environment changed to that of a true training school.
In addition to her positions in the criminal justice system, O’Connor also served as a social welfare worker in Moline, Illinois for ten months preceding her death.
Carrie Stephenson O’Connor did not graduate from high school. Her schooling stopped at the eighth grade.
O’Connor was active in local organizations such as the Women’s Catholic League of Davenport, Iowa as well as the Women’s Club of Davenport. She was a charter member of the Agartheriam Society of Moline, Illinois.