As a person who inexplicably has a law degree, the concept of prison is pretty familiar to me. I’ve written extensively about crimes, but i’ve never actually set foot inside a prison, and my knowledge of prisons is down to Louis Theroux documentaries and Orange Is The New Black.
Recently a prison about a 45 minute drive from my house opened up as a museum, so since I had a day off, I went to have a look around.
What’s crazy about this particular prison is that it was only shut in 2014. Crazy to think that only 2 years ago it was still in use.
The thing that struck me the most about the prison was the size. I felt so claustrophobic, as all the areas were tiny. It’s a men’s prison, and I can’t imagine everyone fitting in when it was at full capacity.
The above photo is the middle of the yard between two prison blocks. As you can see, it’s really not that big.
The cells gave me horrible claustrophobia, I could only stand to be in the rooms for a few seconds. I can’t imagine being stuck there for years on end.
The silent cell was the worst, I didn’t take any photos of it however as I couldn’t bear to be in the room, but just picture a completely bare tiny concrete room and you’ll probably be on the right track.
All in all, it was a real eye opener for me. I had no idea it was so small (have I mentioned it was small yet?). I can’t imagine people actually spending a period or the rest of their lives there. There was even an entire corridor block for one inmate because they were too dangerous. I can’t imagine what you’d have to do to be considered that dangerous to other criminals and staff. I don’t think I want to.
Basically I reiterated to myself that I never ever want to go to prison. Ever.
Bit of a different one from me, but I hope you enjoyed regardless.