Cellblock 12

Completed in 1911, Cellblock 12, wedged between Blocks 6 and 7, was drastically different from the blocks that preceded it. Built of light colored reinforced concrete, this block consisted of three floors with 40 cells each. There were no arched ceilings and, instead of skylights, each cell had a narrow window. The congregate prison was more violent than the solitary confinement institution. You can see steel bars spanning each floor level, which were installed to discourage inmates from throwing each other from the catwalk.

Scroll down to see a photo of Cellblock 12 from the 1912 Annual Report.


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