How far has the US come since Dickens’ visit in 1846? If anything conditions in US prisons have become much, much worse.
by Peter Wagner
When Charles Dickens came to the United States, he wanted to see two things: Niagara Falls and Eastern State Penitentiary. He expected to be impressed with this radical new type of prison with a solitary confinement system. Instead, he was horrified. PPI’s Leah Sakala made this graphic to commemorate this anniversary: