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  • May 30, 2018, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement

    Free. Reception to follow. Segregated housing in prisons and jails—also commonly known as solitary confinement, restricted housing, or isolation—is a growing fiscal, safety, and human rights concern for corrections departments in the United States.

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  • June 2, 2018, 11:00 am – June 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

    Prison Food Weekend: Nutraloaf from around the U.S.

    Standard Admission. Eastern State Penitentiary brings back its popular Prison Food Weekend, with a focus in 2018 on Nutraloaf, the “food product” issued as punishment in many American prisons. Courts have generally upheld the rights of prisons to punish inmates with these diets, but the practice remains controversial.

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  • June 5, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Alisa Roth: Mental Illness and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

    Free. Reception to follow.

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  • June 7, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Beyond Mass Incarceration: How Best to Reform American Criminal Justice

    Registration: 5:30 – 6:00 pm. Event: 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Reception to follow.Tickets available online. Violent crime rates today are within 1% of those in 1970. The percentage of Americans incarcerated for crime, however, has skyrocketed, with the United States now leading the world in both the percentage of our people and absolute numbers of people behind bars.

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  • June 29, 2018, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Wawa Welcome America: Free Museum Night

    Free. Reservations required. Explore America’s most historic prison at dusk! Free Museum Night admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, Hands-On History interactive experiences, history exhibits, and artist installations. Historic site programming, especially "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, is subject to availability. Capacity is limited. Free ticket required; available online soon. Not recommended for children under the age of seven.

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  • July 3, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: July 2018

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced.

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  • July 14, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Bastille Day

    FREE!

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  • August 7, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Alexandra Cox: Trapped in a Vice: The Consequences of Confinement for Young People

    Free. Reception to follow.

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  • September 4, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: September 2018

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced.

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  • September 15, 2018, 7:00 am – 9:30 am

    Members Photography Morning

    Members only.  Members have exclusive access to photograph parts of the penitentiary in the early morning light. Coffee and light breakfast fare will be provided. Space is limited. For more information, or to RSVP, email [email protected] This is a members-only event. Not a member? Join today!

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  • September 21, 2018 – November 10, 2018

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Select nights, Sept. 21 through Nov. 10.Tickets starting at $19. Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times, named #1 in the nation by Forbes, and featured on NBC’s TODAY Show. Terror Behind the Walls takes place inside the massive, castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary and is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in America.

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  • October 2, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: October 2018

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced.

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  • November 6, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: November 2018

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced.

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  • December 4, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: December 2018

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced.

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