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    Eerie blue light filters down through the two stories of cells, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

    "Most eighteenth century prisons were simply large holding pens. Groups of adults and children, men and women, and petty thieves and murderers, sorted out their own affairs behind locked doors. Physical punishment and mutilation were common, and abuse of the prisoners by the guards and overseers was assumed.

    In 1787, a group of well-known and powerful Philadelphians convened in the home of Benjamin Franklin. The members of The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons expressed growing concern with the conditions in American and European prisons. Dr. Benjamin Rush spoke on the Society's goal, to see the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania set the international standard in prison design. He proposed a radical idea: to build a true penitentiary, a prison designed to create genuine regret and penitence in the criminal's heart. The concept grew from Enlightenment thinking, but no government had successfully carried out such a program."

    www.easternstate.org/history/sixpage.php

    Fernando Felix, Dave the Haligonian, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Randolph Gardner 57 months ago | reply

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    3. deegs 57 months ago | reply

      I'm suprised they let you take a camera in with you when they locked you up Ruth. You must have escaped pretty quick to get them here on Flickr. Shame really, I would have brought you cake with a file hidden inside to help you break out!!!!!!

      Good work in difficult lighting conditions.

    4. Fotoimagen.7 57 months ago | reply

      Estupenda toma, buena realizacion, saludos

    5. Eddie Hales 57 months ago | reply

      This is certainly a place of photo ops, I walked by after 8 last night after work, looking for the group. I suppose you were all 'inside' (no pun intended)!

    6. dallasmorning 57 months ago | reply

      Beautiful LIghting. Like it very, very much

    7. conwest_john 57 months ago | reply

      Terrible scene and an excellent photo.

    8. _JC. [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      wow, amazing work.

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    9. Fernando Felix 57 months ago | reply

      Amazing! Love the atmosphere!

    10. Dave the Haligonian 57 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Love the light and processing Ruth!

    11. cinderella.girl63 57 months ago | reply

      This my favorite of the three posted, but I like all of them...Nice job...
      Thank you!!!

    12. juzhengb 57 months ago | reply

      cool one location but 2 so different colors

    13. tipper* 57 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot of this frightful looking place.

    14. plecojan 57 months ago | reply

      Beautiful...and so dramatic. Love it!

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    15. LinBow 57 months ago | reply

      Incredible series and fascinating story.
      I fave this one for the beautiful lighting and shadows!

    16. ucumari 57 months ago | reply

      I'm getting depressed just thinking about life like that! Excellent image!

    17. Bwana Bert 57 months ago | reply

      Fantastic!!!!

    18. cinderella.girl63 56 months ago | reply

      This is an AMAZING Capture!
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