The 10 Most Interesting Abandoned Prisons of America

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Our Takeaway? America’s discarded prisons and decaying correctional facilities tell a sobering and sometimes chilling story of how people have been incarcerated throughout the times, often in harsh, cramped conditions and for crimes that may no longer exist. From so-called squirrel cage jails, where small cells were revolved using a carousel system, to eerie cell blocks said to be haunted by ghosts of former inmates and staff, if you’re planning on visiting any weird spots, be sure to check out some of the places on our list. They’re jam-packed with historical accounts and fantastic guided tours!

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