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We had the opportunity to go inside a cell.  It’s quite the experience.


Each cell looks the same.  The table served as a work bench also.  Each inmate was expected to work doing something that they had a skill for.  Their time was not meant to be a time to just sit.

And best of all, here’s what the lighting looked like.


Not much light.  But still better than no light at all.

The thing that makes Eastern State Penitentiary so interesting – it’s a preserved wreck.  It’s in decline, but kept that way to show the reality.  Prison here wasn’t meant to be pretty and nice.  And now that deterioration has set in, we see the reality of that.


Looks like the setting for a horror film doesn’t it?  It gets better.