Escape to Prison: A Look Inside

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 In Escape to Prison, the culmination of years of international research, noted criminologist Michael Welch explores ten prison museums on six continents, examining the complex interplay between culture and punishment. From Alcatraz to the Argentine Penitentiary, museums constructed on the former locations of surveillance, torture, colonial control, and even rehabilitation tell unique tales about the economic, political, religious, and scientific roots of each site’s historical relationship to punishment.

Below are a collection of photographs taken by the author from all ten locations. Click the link to view.

Alcatraz

Argentina

Clink

Eastern State

Hong Kong

Joburg

Melbourne

Robben Island

Seoul

Sydney