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Thu, Jul. 5th, 2007, 08:01 pm
The Tour Begins

The woman giving the tour was amazing, REALLY amazing. Naturally I forget her name but she was very animated and entertaining as well as informative. Her co-worker was very nice and very patient with me, which can be a struggle.
Our first "stop" was in the library. We went through into the east block and up to the second top range then walked along there to the library. On the way I saw this rather immaculate (compared to most of the others) cell. I assume they used it when filming the things they filmed in here, like The Shawshank Redemption which is, by the way, a really wonderful film.

All neat and tidy. Wait until you see the others!

This is more like the norm. Lots of paint falling off, and toilets destroyed. The cabinets and mirrors were often completely gone or destroyed. Sometimes there was so much paint on the floor that it crunched under our feet.

This is a look at the doorway in the library, the sunburst design is beautiful and so very unexpected in all of this.

This is a bit of the view in the library. The "obs" on the counter are actually paint. This room had many off rooms which I did not enter, but others did.

I found this door incredibly beautiful. There were other rooms, one of which was used as a law library, I could see many of the pieces of paper all over the place. One bunch was a leaflet for prisoners to know their rights.

I found this one interesting. The light is not sunlight - the night was completely overcast. No light was coming at my camera, and it was actually still "daylight" out so the chances of it being a light from another person are lower. There is also a "mist" kind of thing down near Mike's hand; I can't explain that either.

I was really strongly drawn to this corner, I tried to get a good picture of it but didn't really accomplish my goal. At this point we all went up an obscenely cramped circular staircase up into the tower where the guard tower is. We were not allowed to take pictures from there as the new prison is in that direction.

I'm wiping out, more tomorrow-ish.

Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2007, 10:43 am
A new post

Has been made in yours_in_spirit

Sat, Jun. 30th, 2007, 06:04 pm

I finally got permission to post!! Pictures soon.
Give me a few hours to start all this!

Fri, Jun. 15th, 2007, 08:11 pm

These ads are annoying.
It has been 10 days since my first attempt to get permission to post my Mansfield pics. Since then I have sent one mroe email and made a phone call - left a message. No one has replied which isn't so impressive anymore.

Fri, Jun. 8th, 2007, 02:35 am
First Entry

I actually can't think of anything short to write and I need short as I'm getting very sleepy.
I hope that my accounts of the places I visit will be entertaining and I hope that people out there will share their ideas and thoughts, although this journal and the corresponding community are more to show known interested parties what happened rather than expecting a large community to grow.

First up: Mansfield Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio.