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The Word

This was the wall in one of the prison cells. Someone really leaned on God during this tough time in there life.


On November 9, 2008 myself and several other Flickr members from the Albuq/Santa Fe Social were taken on a tour of the old New Mexico Penitentiary. This was the site of the New Mexico Penitentiary Riot, which took place on February 3, 1980 in the state's maximum security prison south of Santa Fe which was one of the most deadlist in history. During this crisis, 12 prison guards were held hostage, some of which were torchered, beaten but all survived. At least 33 inmates died at the hand of fellow prisoners many tortured with several bodies mutilated. Close to 100 other inmates were seriously injured in the riot, suffering from beatings, stabbings, drug overdoses, and rapes inflicted by fellow prisoners. The site of the riots are now empty and have been used as movie sets including the main setting for the remake of the Longest Yard staring Adam Sandler a few years back. Walking through the prison now, there are several reminders of the horror that took place within the walls. In cellblock 4 an area where “snitches” and other prisoners that were under protective custody were housed. When entering the cellblock, there are visible marks on the floor where rioters used power tools to decapitate the snitches and several other inmates. Also in one place you can see a place where at lease one inmate was burned with the shape of body can still be seen.


In the basement, there is the Gas Chamber with the door sitting open, with holding cells just outside. We were told that the gas chamber was only used once at this facility. Walking down a dark cooridor, the hair raised up on the back of my neck. After making a few turns I found myself in the laundry room where I also got a strange vibe. After snapping a few pictures, I walked back into the darkness to get back to the group.


After exiting the main building several of us took a quick trip around the building where the set for the Longest Yard movie set was still visible. Most of the paint was weathered away due to the weather.


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Taken on November 9, 2008