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  • Al Capone's Cell

    Alphonse “Scarface” Capone got his first taste of prison life in Philadelphia. 

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  • Prisons Today

    The United States now has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, by far, with 2.2 million citizens in prison or jail. This phenomenon has generally been driven by changes in laws, policing, and sentencing, not by changes in behavior. The results have disproportionately impacted poor and disenfranchised communities (mostly communities of color).

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  • The Big Graph

    The United States imprisons 2.2 million citizens, the highest incarceration rate in the world, by far, and yet has no national prison museum. Now, Eastern State Penitentiary is introducing public dialogue around issues of crime, justice, and the changing face of our criminal justice system. 

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  • Murals of the Catholic Chaplain's Office

    Warden Michael Cassidy built these impressive spaces for his offices in the 1880s. Later wardens moved their offices back to the Administration Building, a safer location isolated from the inmates.  This space became the offices of the prison’s religious staff: the Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic chaplains.

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