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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 11:23 AM
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72. Eastern State
my SO used to be a tour guide there.

The prison opened in 1839. They didn't stop the solitary confinement until 1913, but it had begun to break down after the Civil War. And ironically, the Quakers were and still are among those in the forefront of prison reform.

And the prison wasn't shut down as an actual place of incarceration until 1970

But your essential point is valid. Solitary confinement is torture - Eastern State proved that. Hello!!!! We've been there, tried that, and IT DIDN"T WORK!!!!!

/what are the odds that your post would be read by someone intimately familiar with Eastern State (and is also a Quaker)? We've spent hours there exploring - my SO had to sleep there one night (alone) when he couldn't get a ride home. It's supposed to be haunted, but we think that the huge population of bats, rats and cats may have led folks to that belief....
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