National Affairs: Parboiled Prisoners

"The Bing" or "Klondike" is what convicts in Philadelphia's County Prison at suburban Holmesburg, Pa. call it: a narrow, thick-walled little brick cell block where fractious inmates are put for "treatment." It holds nine cells, each 8 ft. long, 4 ft. wide, 10 ft. high. In each cell are a small sink with one spigot, a "hopper" (toilet) and six bolts in the wall for cots. Walls & floor are rough concrete, doors sheet steel, with small ventilating holes at the bottom. Three windows and several small roof outlets comprise the ventilation of...

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