June 30th, 2011

janice

A Rarely-Seen Part of Eastern State Penitentiary

Originally, I wasn't going to post my photos of last weekend's trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary here, because it's an easy place to get to, and lots of photos of it have been posted before.

But, our trip had an interesting addition - a rare look into Cellblock 15, or "Death Row," which is not normally open to the public. Since this isn't part of your everyday trip to ESP, I thought I'd share a few of my photos for any of you who may be interested. A tour of this area was only available for two days, and it was appointment-only.

First off, this was not really "Death Row." It was just called that because it's where the particularly disorderly inmates were kept. They ate in their own cells, not in the dining hall with the other inmates, and they had their own exercise yard. The exercise yard was where we spent most of our time, but more on that in a second.

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This is the front of the cellblock. You can see this any time you visit ESP and "follow the walls."

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