The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia once housed mobster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton. The 980-cell Gothic-style prison, where massive gargoyles sit menacingly above its high-walled stone entrance, closed in 1971 after 142 years. On April 30, 2014, former inmates reunited to tour the facility and answer questions about their time behind bars.
Inmates perform the Broadway musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” inside Peru’s Sarita Colonia prison.
Nov. 9 Photo Brief: Intangible Chinese culture, Syrian refugees, Body Worlds in Honduras and a Sri Lankan prison riot
Syrians continue to flee their homes by the thousands, a deadly prison riot in Sri Lanka, “Body Worlds” displays its preserved human specimens in Honduras, China cracks down on poorly-managed, intangible cultural heritage and more in today’s daily brief.
The Maryland House of Correction, also known as “The Cut” or “The House” is one of the oldest prisons in the United States, having been in use for 138 years. A prison that was designed for 200 inmates when it was opened in 1879 eventually held up to 1050 men. It was finally closed in 2007 after several violent events, including the death of correctional officer David McGuinn.