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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.

(via Foantje and imgur)

3. The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, opened in 1829, closed in 1971.

And here’s Al Capone’s cell:

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(via Michael Cevoli, Bruce C. Cooper, Seeminglee, Thesab and Numb Photo)

4. Moundsville West Virginia Penitentiary, operated between 1866 and 1995 in Moundsville, West Virginia.

(via Bob Jagendorf, Pghjared and Chrismiller513)

5. Tennessee State Prison, opened in 1898, closed since 1992, Nashville, Tennessee.

(via Joel יוֹאֵל, Dave Edens, Ken Fager and Thomas Hawk)

6. Atlanta Prison Farm, operated between 1945 and 1995.

 

(via Memories By Mike, Fotostalker and Eric Shoemaker)

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.

(via ::: zu :::, xandroid, Luka Dakskobler, Etoshas Pfanne and Michele)

via gizmodo