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Find and log a prison, jail or penitentiary, that is no longer being used to detain people. *UPDATE 9/21/17* This category will now require former prisons and jails to still exist in order to qualify.
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Thomas Fowell Buxton described a Prisoner awaiting trial in 1818: "The moment he enters prison irons are hammered on to him: then he is cast into the midst of a compound of all that is disgusting and depraved. At night he is locked up in a narrow cell with perhaps half a dozen of the worst thieves in London, or as many vagrants, whose rags are alive and in actual motion with vermin: he may find himself in bed and in bodily contact, between a robber and a murderer, or between a man with a foul disease on one side and one with an infectious disorder on the other. He may spend his days deprived of free air and wholesome exercise ..... He may be half starved for want of food and clothing and fuel."

PRISON (derived through the Fr. from the Lat. prehensio, seizure), a place for the confinement or compulsory restraint of Xxii. 12 a persons after arrest or sentence by arbitrary authority or process of law.

The earliest prisons were used to secure the person of the accused to ensure his appearance before his judges for trial, and after conviction to produce him Early to take his punishment. They were applied to other uses less justifiable or defensible; they served to execute the will of the despotic master upon all who set themselves in opposition to his authority, or were decreed, more or less wisely but still arbitrarily, by a government in the best interests of society, organized for the general good. Coercion and intimidation slowly came to be leading ideas, the infliction of a lesser penalty than capital. The deprivation of liberty under irksome circumstances, rough lodging, hard fare and perpetual labor was after all a milder measure than death, although long years elapsed before the prison was so used. Penal codes depended rather upon shorter and more cruel methods; the scaffold was in constant use, with all manner of physical pain, torture before and after sentence, shameful exposure, hideous mutilation, exile, selling into bondage as slaves. Incarceration was no doubt practiced by irresponsible masters, regardless of personal rights, callous to the sufferings of their victims, to which death by starvation or horrible neglect was a welcome relief. But consignment to a prison for lengthened periods was, as a penalty, of more recent introduction, and of still later date is the recognition of the duties incumbent upon the authority to use its powers mercifully by humane endeavors to reform and improve those on whom it laid hands.

For more of a history of prisons in general look at:

Wikipedia. Also check out this photo listing Village Lock Ups.

Instructions for Posting a Retired Prisons Waymark:

*UPDATE 9/21/17* This category will now require former prisons and jails to still exist in order to qualify.

In order to receive approval for a submission into this category you must log the coordinates of the prison, list the name of the prison and take a photo to be published with your entry (no internet photos please). You also are required to provide some proof that a former prison or jail was in fact utilized for housing prisoners.

Additionally, when possible please supply a history of the jail; including famous inmates, years of service, or any other pertinent information.

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In order to add a new log to the waymark of this category, simply take another photo of the prison from a different angle than the other posts. Also add to the history of the jail when possible.
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This former County Jail, a three-story red brick Italianate (not Second Empire as listed National Register application) is located at 319 Meeker Street in Galena, Illinois.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Illinois

date approved: 5/13/2019

last visited: never

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The Old Market House is a two-story red brick Greek Revival building located at 123 North Commerce Street in Galena, Illinois. This building was the City Hall from 1910 to 1936 and contained the city lockup in the basement.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Illinois

date approved: 5/26/2019

last visited: never

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Completed in 1858, the jail is an example of the uncommon Egyptian Revival style. The Dubuque County Historical Society took over operations, turning the gallery into the Old Jail Museum

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Iowa

date approved: 9/13/2015

last visited: never

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One of the smallest Jails in the Nation.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 8Nuts MotherGoose

location: Iowa

date approved: 9/16/2006

last visited: 9/1/2008

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Former jail for Mazomanie, Wisconsin.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 6/28/2007

last visited: 7/17/2012

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