Western Penitentiary: Life and Death Inside the “Wall”

Western Penitentiary: Life and Death Inside the “Wall”

This is a story of life and death inside Western Penitentiary, also known as “Western Pen” and “The Wall.”  Thousands of convicted persons through the years have lived and worked in this sprawling 21-acre, high-walled, barb-wired city within the city of Pittsburgh, yet most Pittsburghers would be hard pressed to tell you where it’s located.  Stories of escape, madness, and brutality are part of its legacy.

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This story was recorded on January 11, 2021.

DOORS OPEN Team

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