I took a break today from shooting social justice issues to visit the Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise. I’d been hearing about it since I got here and figured I’d need to check it out.
There’s just a very few of the photos I got that are in this entry; to see the rest in the gallery on my website, click here.
The Sally Port was used in getting vehicles into — and out of — the prison interior without allowing any inmates the chance to escape.
The prison has four guard towers. With one on each corner, the guards had a clear shot at anyone that dared to enter “no man’s land”.
This is the little door within a door through which an inmate in solitary confinement was passed his bread and water.
This is the same solitary confinement cell — except looking outwards from the inside. A cramped spot!
Some of the cell blocks have 3 and even four “tiers” of cells. This cell block is an older one and just has two tiers.
A riot in 1973 closed the prison and destroyed several of the original buildings. All that remains of the ones that went up in flames during the riot are just the walls.
Death row inmates were allowed a little more luxuries in their cell. Altogether there were 10 men that were executed by hanging. The first gallows was in the area where the rose garden is today and the other was inside a two story building — just steps from death row.
Fifteen steps was all it took to get from the condemned man’s cell to this door that opens into…