If you are ever in the Philly area, I highly recommend touring Eastern State Penitentiary. You might ask why you would want to, but trust me, it is fascinating, and judging by the crowd, I was not the only one who thought so. I took many more photos while I was there, and you can see a good portion of them here.
I will leave with a few facts from the ACLU:
- With only 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. has 25% of the world’s prison population – that makes us the world’s largest jailer.
- Since 1970, the U.S. prison population has risen 700%.
- One in 99 adults are living behind bars in the U.S. This marks the highest rate of imprisonment in American history.
- One in 31 adults are under some form of correctional control, counting prison, jail, parole and probation populations.