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Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration is a groundbreaking new exhibit. Included with admission. Learn more

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America's Most Historic Prison

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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September 21, 2018, 7:00 pm – November 10, 2018, 7:00 pm

Terror Behind the Walls

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Sharif Street is on a mission for criminal justice reform, Philly.com, June 29, 2018

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