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Eastern State Penitentiary

mmanzone's picture

Eastern State Penitentiary is the humane and right way to reform criminals.  To give inmates a chance to do contemplation, to think, to reform themselves.  A place of aesthetic beauty from outside.  A place of silence and regret from inside.  No cruel punishment so as not to make them feel hated or unaccepted by the society, so that they could return to the society and be decent citizens.   A dream that one point lived on but now has closed to face a new era. Disappointment.  The original idea of build such prison is good. But the truth is, it overlook the prisoners' crazy behavior.  Today, it stands as a symbol of our dashed hopes.  It was corrupted over the years not by loose morals and flagging ideals but by the sheer pressure of numbers.   I see the overcrowding, the understaffing as a complete disregard for the ideals of this place.