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Eastern State

Yancy's picture

A place of aesthetic beauty from outside. Everyone has some good in them and given the opportunity to reflect on their wrong doings in the penitentiary they could rediscover the good. 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. 

Is it practical?

A place of silence and regret from inside. Eastern State Penitentiary now looks the way it made the prisoners feel: empty, broken, and alone. For prisoners inside, it’s not much different: no freedom, isolated, frustrating, desperate and somehow made the lonely people more aggressive. The isolation is the punishment actually in this place. I cannot imagine if I stay in such place day by day without talking. It seems prisoners became more like objects to be placed somewhere than people who needed reforming.