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Saturday, August 07, 2004
SOME HISTORIC PRISONS
The Attica Riot was perhaps the most famous in US history. Documented here day by day, in news photos..
The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was the fist in the nation, and was used until 1971. Now apparently it is a lurid tourist trap.. this site has good links to other 'prison museums' from around the world..
The Anamosa State Penitentiary in Iowa has one of the best prison history sites; our frequent visitor Brent has no doubt played a part in some of the present population being there...
(..but if so, that's where they really need to be - if you've never met a 'cop with a heart' check out his blog..)
Another frequent visitor here, Beth, has some marvelous photos of Ohio's abandoned Junction City Prison on her site..
Some nice historical prison and jail photos here.. and some cutting edge prison photography here..
Moving away from the US, let's visit Newgate Prison (demolished in 1902, alas..) which readers of Dicken's novels should be familiar with..
Two institutions, one in Dublin, one outside of Lisburn have acheieved great significance in the history of Irish Republicanism. Kilmainham Jail was the place where rebels like James Connolly weere executed. HMP Maze ( or 'Long Kesh' - in Northern Ireland, even the place names one uses can place one firmly in one camp or another) has now been shut down, but it was the main place of detention during 'the Troubles'.
In all of the Soviet gulag, no place was more feared than the camps in the frozen wastes of Kolyma..
All of French Guiana was at one time a penal colony, but most people are more familiar with 'Devil's Island' , one of the Iles de Salut..
We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of the self.