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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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Racial disparities plague Pennsylvania’s life-without-parole system — but can it be fixed?, Philly.com, September 18, 2018

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