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To: AnAmericanMother

They actually built one in Lima, Peru in the middle of the 1800s. It has sense been torn down. You can see what i looked like here:
http://historiadordelperu.blogspot.com/2012/02/la-vida-en-la-penitenciaria-de-lima.html


12 posted on 05/18/2013 6:01:57 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
While that prison is built on a similar, circular design, it is not the same as it has hallways and the cells are at 90 degrees to the center.

The horror of the true Panopticon is that the cells have no doors, just metal fences, and they all face into the center where the guard tower is located. The prisoners are under direct observation at all times, and never know when they are being observed.

The closest to a "true" Panopticon may be the old Joliet prison in Illinois:

It still had doors, though, so you could sit down with your back against the door and not be visible.

16 posted on 05/18/2013 8:21:04 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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