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  • Illinois State Prisons Collection

This collection consists of historic photographs from three of Illinois’s maximum security prisons, one of which, Joliet, is no longer in operation: Joliet (1858-2002), Menard, formerly known as Southern Illinois Penitentiary (1878-present), and Stateville (1925-present). The photographs depict the daily lives of prisoners, including their work in prison industries, participation in prison sports and music groups, medical procedures, and dining. Several photographs show prison facilities, grounds, and staff.

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