Confession: When I was in Girl Scouts I suggested one our events be to spend the night in jail.
Needless to say everyone looked at me like I had sprouted an extra head. I quickly backpedaled. I hadn’t meant one with actual prisoners. But there was something enticing and adventurous about sleeping in a small room and and being locked in (with the knowledge that the doors would open the following morning and we wouldn’t be stuck there.) I mean, the ones I saw on TV had bunk beds. How cool would it have been? Needless to say we went camping instead.
Fast-forward certainly not more than fifteen years later (ok, way more than 15, shhhhh) when Michigan Sisters in Crime booked a tour at Jackson Prison and Cell Block 7. It was an unique opportunity to learn about Michigan’s first state prison the world’s largest walled prison.
Our tour guide, Steven, was amazing as he related to us the deplorable conditions of the Auburn prison system, the corruption that took place during the Purple Gang era, tales of escapes and riots, and the day to day life of modern inmates.
I would readily take the tour again. Because even though our three hour tour was jam-packed with information and stories, I know there are many, many more within those hallowed walls. And, if I’m being honest, I’d still jump at the opportunity to stay over night in Cell Block 7.
For an inside account of Jackson Prison, read Quiet Blood
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