By nancy hill
9 Aug 2011
The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was built and run to help rehabilitate convicted criminals. Inmates lived in solitary confinement, which progressive thinkers of the time believed would give criminals time to think and repent. They were allowed out of their cells for only 30 minutes a day and had to wear masks during that time so they could not recognize each other. Communication between inmates was forbidden.
These conditions were thought to be humane, and the prison was built after years of lobbying by the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prison. This prison became the model for prisons in the United States and other countries in the world.
How barbaric will our current methods of incarceration prove to be in years to come?