The purpose of Eastern State Penitentiary’s collections is to identify, acquire, preserve, and make accessible documents and artifacts relating to the administrators and inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary, the physical structures and objects within the walls of the penitentiary, the Pennsylvania System of Punishment, and Pennsylvania corrections policies. It often consists of an anesthetic or a sedative, which is followed by a drug that For those who feel squeamish about this method, there are other methods. This approach involves injecting one or more drugs into a person that will kill them. Haviland chose a “hub and spoke” design or a radial plan, which would facilitate the observation of prisoners as well as properly ventilate the building. Italian prisoners added bocce ball to the prison’s many activities.During the twentieth century Eastern continued to be rocked by scandals. (Haviland faced the formidable task of designing an institution based entirely on prisoner separation.

Eastern State Penitentiary broke sharply with the prisons of its day, abandoning corporal punishment and ill treatment.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, 1971 Plan of Eastern State Penitentiary

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In a struggle to catch up with congregate-style prisons of the day, Eastern converted many of the useless individual exercise yards into congregate workshops.

This massive new structure, opened in 1829, became one … Furthermore, some prisoners are placed in solitary confinement for their behaviour behind bars, which prevents them from having contact with other people. The factory labor system made Auburn-style prisons largely self-sufficient. When Eastern State Penitentiary opened its doors to receive its first inmate in 1829, the institution was a model for modernization in punishment.

Subsequently, approval for the erection of the Eastern State Penitentiary at Philadelphia in 1821 and for the Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon in 1878 was granted. In the nineteenth century, the vast majority of prisoners had committed property crimes including theft (predominantly horse theft), burglary, and robbery.

Eastern State Penitentiary. The cells had central heat and running water with a flushable toilet and even a skylight.. Known for its system of total isolation of prisoners and remarkable architecture, Eastern State proved to be one of the most controversial institutions of the antebellum period. However, in 1988 efforts to preserve the site began. Though all were eventually captured, Fairmount residents were uneasy, as their neighborhood had grown in the last century and their homes, schools, and businesses were too close to the prison for comfort. By stealing masonry tools during work hours they were able to dig a tunnel, seen here. Abandoned as a prison in the 1970s, Eastern State became a popular museum of penal history and continued to serve as a stark reminder of the failure of isolation as a humane model of punishment.Eastern State Penitentiary, seen here in an 1856 drawing, was built about two miles away from Center City Philadelphia on farmland known as Cherry Hill. The country now has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world.

While remaining the site of several very popular annual events including a Bastille Day celebration and Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted house fund-raiser, Eastern State also became actively involved with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Financially, however, Eastern State was less successful than the “Auburn Plan” for penitentiaries developed in New York.