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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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February 4, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Darnell Epps: The Qualitative and Collateral Benefits of College in Prison: The Case for Making Second Chance Pell Real for Everyone

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What We're Reading this Week

Federal prison reform has bipartisan support. But it’s moving slowly., The Washington Post, January 9, 2020

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner