Some Of The World’s Creepiest Abandoned Prisons
Around the world there are many abandoned prisons, once cages for people – some criminals, some political prisoners. Many disused prisons have been left to rot and decay, while a few have been demolished. No longer places for the incarcerated, many of these derelict landscapes are now the realms of urban explorers who document the abandonment and degradation of the former correctional institutions in pictures.
There is perhaps nothing more poignant than an abandoned prison. When you see these haunting images, it’s hard not to imagine what once went on in these now-crumbling rooms.
1. A jail on the island of Procida in Italy, built in 1563 as a castle, transformed into a prison in 1815, closed in 1988.
(via Luca Terracciano)
2. Vilvoorde Prison, Vilvoorde, Belgium, opened in the late 18th century as a prison, later used as a military hospital, barracks and a dentention centre. It was closed in 1974.
3. The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, opened in 1829, closed in 1971.
And here’s Al Capone’s cell:
4. Moundsville West Virginia Penitentiary, operated between 1866 and 1995 in Moundsville, West Virginia.
5. Tennessee State Prison, opened in 1898, closed since 1992, Nashville, Tennessee.
6. Atlanta Prison Farm, operated between 1945 and 1995.
7. A top secret prison and labor camp on Goli Otok (Barren Island), now in Croatia. The uninhabited island was made into a high-security, secret prison for political prisoners, used between 1949 and 1956 by the Yugoslavian government.