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Doing time: The crumbling prisons that once housed America's toughest criminals that have now been left to rot themselves

Entrance to cafeteria, Essex county Jail Annex, Caldwell New Jersey) -

Victorian prison cell in Newgate, 1890’s. We can see the water tank and basin with bedding in the corner. The shelf includes items such as a Bible, plate and a mug

Victorian prison cell in Newgate, 1890’s. We can see the water tank and basin with bedding in the corner. The shelf includes items such as a Bible, plate and a mug

Brothers Baptiste (7'6'', 1887-1914) and Antoine Hugo (7'5'', 1876-1916) both had gigantism from pituitary tumors.  They are shown here with their family.

Brothers Baptiste (7'6'', 1887-1914) and Antoine Hugo (7'5'', 1876-1916) both had gigantism from pituitary tumors. They are shown here with their family.

The morgue at Alcatraz. The federal prison on Alcatraz Island in the chilly waters of California's San Francisco Bay housed some of America's most difficult and dangerous felons during its years of operation from 1934 to 1963.

The morgue at Alcatraz. The federal prison on Alcatraz Island in the chilly waters of California's San Francisco Bay housed some of America's most difficult and dangerous felons during its years of operation from 1934 to 1963.

Brixton Prison, Brixton Hill Date : c.1850 Female convicts exercising in the airing yard at Brixton Prison

Brixton Prison, Brixton Hill Date : c.1850 Female convicts exercising in the airing yard at Brixton Prison