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America's Most Historic Prison

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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March 3, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Malik Neal and Dante Jones: Supporting Philadelphians Caught in the Cash Bail System

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