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Terry D
November 3rd, 2018, 10:33 PM
Took a tour of the old Iowa maximum security prison in Ft Madison that is. The prison was built in 1839 and used up until 3 years ago.


One of several cell blocks

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A guard tower

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Cheery huh?
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Plasticweld
November 3rd, 2018, 11:17 PM
Thanks for sharing Terry. There is something ominous about prison pictures. I like some of the black and white photos they seem to almost capture the old ghosts of the place. The color ones seem to shout, I used to live here...and it was hell. Hard to believe but an inmate stared at the same view for what would have maybe been the rest of their life.

Ralph Rotten
November 4th, 2018, 08:57 PM
All violent offenders should be dropped into a wood chipper.

Olly Buckle
November 5th, 2018, 02:18 PM
All violent offenders should be dropped into a wood chipper.

Seems a little severe for someone done for causing an affray on a Saturday night, mind you, include all thefts over $5 and you could pretty well empty the prisons. Personally I am quite glad to live in a country without a death penalty. Even if my personal opinion sometimes says 'Shoot them in the back of the head and be done with it' I still recognise it is not the way to go. Also. different things are important to different people, there are those who would quite happily forgive a wife beater, but burn a heretic just as happily, best to stay away from final solutions, there is no saying 'Oops, sorry' if you kill the wrong one, and you always will sometimes.

I love the castellation and turret, buildings like that are completely utilitarian nowadays.

TuesdayEve
November 6th, 2018, 04:56 AM
Wow Terry,
Your photos show a beautifully built structure on the
outside and midevil in places like the black and white
of the barred window could be from a European castle.
I love how they left an inmates attempt to keep sane
through his artwork. I can feel the effort.
Nice lines and patterns.