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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 lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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Connect and Learn

The conversation about the legacy of American criminal justice reform continues virtually! View the schedule and tune in on social media for this week's programming.

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Reopening August 14

Health and safety is our top priority. Here’s what you can expect during your visit.

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Your support today means we can continue our work – both online and as our site reopens.

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August 4, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Remembering Reem: Working for Criminal Justice Reform from Inside the Walls and Out

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What We're Reading this Week

A report by the U.S. Justice Department found that corrections officers frequently used excessive force and violated prisoners’ constitutional rights in Alabama prisons, The New York Times, July 24, 2020

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Phase 1 Construction

This initial phase of construction will include upgrades to electricity and plumbing infrastructure and will lay the groundwork for the eventual construction of a visitor center. 

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner