Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Big House






Who knew that so many people wanted to spend time behind bars.  A couple of weeks ago the Maryland Department of Corrections held an open house at Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, MD.  Over a thousand people attended on the first of two days.   Upon arrival I was a bit disappointed as it became quickly apparent these were going to be  a quick tour with groups of 50 people taking about 45 minutes each.  So back to the car to unload the backpack and tripod.  I did some handheld shooting but overall things were a bit rushed and as a result the quality and quantity of work was not quite what I hoped for. 

MHC was one of the nation’s oldest prisons when it was shut down in 2007.  The prison site also houses an active prison and inmate labor is being used to deconstruct, rather than demolish the facility. 



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