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Prison Reunion - 06 May 2014
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Reunions at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, held since 1992, give former inmates a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public.

The 980-cell Gothic-style prison, where massive gargoyles sit menacingly above its high-walled stone entrance, closed in 1971 after 142 years. Among its best-known residents were mobster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton.
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A tour group wanders through block 7 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April...
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A tour group wanders through block 7 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
A tour group wanders through block 7 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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The Eastern State Penitentiary gatehouse as viewed from the second level, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
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The Eastern State Penitentiary gatehouse as viewed from the second level in Philadelphia
The Eastern State Penitentiary gatehouse as viewed from the second level, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
A tour guide welcomes a group of students from New Orleans to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,...
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A tour guide welcomes a group of students from New Orleans to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia...
A tour guide welcomes a group of students from New Orleans to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Robert Williams, 71, talks about his experience as a prison guard for six years at Eastern State Penitentiary,...
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Former guard talks about life at closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Robert Williams, 71, talks about his experience as a prison guard for six years at Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Jimmy Dolan, 74, a former inmate Eastern State Penitentiary, who served a year and a half for robbery...
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Former prisoner talks about life at closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Jimmy Dolan, 74, a former inmate Eastern State Penitentiary, who served a year and a half for robbery in 1961-2, talks about his experience during a reunion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Chicky Goodrow, 71, talks about his experience as an inmate for one and a half years at Eastern State...
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Former prisoner talks about life at closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Chicky Goodrow, 71, talks about his experience as an inmate for one and a half years at Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Jimmy Dolan, 74, a former inmate Eastern State Penitentiary, who served a year and a half for robbery...
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Former prisoner revisits his old cell at closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Jimmy Dolan, 74, a former inmate Eastern State Penitentiary, who served a year and a half for robbery in 1961-2, returns to his cell in block 8, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
A visitor wanders through block 7 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30,...
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A visitor wanders through block 7 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
A visitor wanders through block 7 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Rain falls onto block 14 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014....
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Rain falls onto block 14 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Rain falls onto block 14 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Window light illuminates the remains of a cell in block 14 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,...
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Window light illuminates the remains of a cell in block 14 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia...
Window light illuminates the remains of a cell in block 14 of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
The Eastern State Penitentiary central observation tower is seen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April...
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The Eastern State Penitentiary central observation tower in Philadelphia
The Eastern State Penitentiary central observation tower is seen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Crumbling cell blocks in Eastern State Penitentiary are seen from the central observation tower in Philadelphia,...
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Crumbling cell blocks in Eastern State Penitentiary are seen from the central observation tower in Philadelphia...
Crumbling cell blocks in Eastern State Penitentiary are seen from the central observation tower in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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A cut-out prison guard silhouette with flashlight, part of a current exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary,...
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A cut-out prison guard silhouette with flashlight, part of a current exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary,...
A cut-out prison guard silhouette with flashlight, part of a current exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary, stands in the grounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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A visitor speaks on the phone in the south corridor of the closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,...
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A visitor speaks on the phone in the south corridor of the closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia...
A visitor speaks on the phone in the south corridor of the closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
A tour group uses the audio guide through block 9 of the closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,...
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A tour group uses the audio guide through block 9 of the closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia...
A tour group uses the audio guide through block 9 of the closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962,...
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Former prisoner revisits closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962, 1970) for larceny, forgery, and assault, and revisits his prison cell on the second level of block 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Former inmate at now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms...
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Former prisoner talks about life at closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Former inmate at now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962, 1970) for larceny, forgery, and assault, and revisits the prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962,...
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Former prisoner revisits closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962, 1970) for larceny, forgery, and assault, and revisits his prison cell on the second level of block 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962,...
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Former prisoner revisits closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962, 1970) for larceny, forgery, and assault, and revisits his prison cell on the second level of block 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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Light illuminates walls of cell block 7 in the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,...
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Light illuminates walls of cell block 7 in the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiar in Philadelphia
Light illuminates walls of cell block 7 in the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962,...
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Former prisoner revisits closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Former inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary, William Harrison, 75, served 3 separate terms (1959, 1962, 1970) for larceny, forgery, and assault, and revisits his prison cell on the second level of block 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
The entrance to block 9 is seen at the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
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The entrance to block 9 is seen at the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
The entrance to block 9 is seen at the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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May 05, 2014
Pedestrians pass in front of the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
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Pedestrians pass in front of the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Pedestrians pass in front of the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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A painting of the Virgin Mary and child remains in the radio room of the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary...
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A painting of the Virgin Mary and child remains in the radio room of the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary...
A painting of the Virgin Mary and child remains in the radio room of the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 2014. Opened in 1829, with the original corrective system of "confinement in solitude with labor," the penitentiary housed about 75,000 inmates in its 142 years of operation. At Eastern State reunions, former inmates, staff and guard gather to share memories and trade stories and get a chance to describe their experiences in question-and-answer sessions with the public. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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