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Eastern State Penitentiary of Pennsylvania -- History


Eastern State Penitentiary

The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania opened in 1829, the outcome of decades of campaigning for a humane alternative to early American prisons. Between 1829 and the prison's closure in 1971, Eastern State gained fame (and infamy) around the world: Alexis de Tocqueville and Charles Dickens both wrote of this prison, and Al Capone was perhaps its most well-known resident. On...