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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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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August 15, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Saturday: Neighborhood Connections | Eastern State and Girard College
What We're Reading this Week
A Texas court has launched what the state says is the nation’s first virtual jury trial in a criminal case, Associated Press, August 11, 2020
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.