Walnut Street Prison
Walnut Street Prison founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1790 is considered the first American penitentiary, if not the first in the world. The word "penitentiary" came from the Pennsylvania Quakers and their belief in penitence and self-examination as a means to salvation. This was made a new and permanent form of combating crime through the practice of solitary confinement.
Eastern State Penitentiary adopted the practice of solitary confinement as a continuation of the Quaker practice.
- "Walnut Street Prison". Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationRead more: Law Library. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
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