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Prisons and Jails

Structures used to house criminals and others who have broken the law.


Alcatraz Island

San Francisco, California
Often referred to as "The Rock" or simply Alcatraz, the island has been the location of a lighthouse, a fort, a military and federal prison and an American Indian protest. It has become a popular tourist attraction.


Dubuque County Jail

Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, 52001
Completed in 1858, this massive Egyptian Revival style stone building was designed by the same architect who also did the Old Illinois State Capitol. The Dubuque County Historical Society now owns the building and operates it as a local history museum.


Howard R. Young Correctional Institution

Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, 19801
The Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, colloquially known as Gander Hill Prison, is a state prison for male inmates in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, owned and operated by the Delaware Department of Correction.


Mississippi State Penitentiary

Baltzer, Sunflower County, Mississippi, 38738
Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP), also known as Parchman Farm, is the oldest prison and the only maximum security prison for men in the state of Mississippi.


Missouri State Penitentiary

Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, 65101
The Missouri State Penitentiary was a prison in Jefferson City, Missouri, that operated from 1836 to 2004. Part of the Missouri Department of Corrections, it served as the state's primary maximum security institution.


Old Idaho State Penitentiary

Boise, Ada County, Idaho, 83712
The Old Idaho State Penitentiary was a functional prison from 1872 to 1973. The first building, also known as the Territorial Prison, was constructed in the Territory of Idaho in 1870.


Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 19130
Designed by John Haviland and opened in 1829, Eastern State is considered to be the world's first true penitentiary.


United States Penitentiary Atlanta

Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, 30315
The United States Penitentiary, Atlanta (USP Atlanta) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Atlanta, Georgia. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.


West Virginia State Penitentiary

Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, 26041
This gothic structure operated as a penitentiary from 1876 to 1995. Courts ruled that the 5 x 7-foot (2.1 m) cells were cruel and unusual punishment and the prison was closed. The site is now maintained as a tourist attraction and training facility.

Top 9 Most Popular Prisons and Jails Landmarks

  1. Alcatraz Island
  2. Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary
  3. United States Penitentiary Atlanta
  4. Old Idaho State Penitentiary
  5. West Virginia State Penitentiary
  6. Dubuque County Jail
  7. Mississippi State Penitentiary
  8. Missouri State Penitentiary
  9. Howard R. Young Correctional Institution

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