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Prisons and Jails

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

Alcatraz-Island

Alcatraz Island

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 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.

Mississippi-State-Penitentiary

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.

Old-Idaho-State-Penitentiary

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

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

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

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 10 Most Popular Prisons and Jails Landmarks

  1. Alcatraz Island
  2. United States Penitentiary Atlanta
  3. Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary
  4. Old Idaho State Penitentiary
  5. Dubuque County Jail
  6. West Virginia State Penitentiary
  7. Mississippi State Penitentiary
  8. Essex County Penitentiary
  9. Nebraska State Penitentiary
  10. Guam Adult Correctional Facility

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