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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Hidden Lives Illuminated
Animated films by currently-incarcerated artists, projected onto Eastern State.
Nightly, August 15 - September 12. Free.
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September 3, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Larry Krasner: Reducing Court Supervision in Philadelphia
What We're Reading this Week
Philly jails extend cashier hours, but most inmates still would be released without IDs, cash, or phones, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 13, 2019
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