Image: Michael Cevoli
Around the world there are many abandoned prisons, once cages for people – some criminals, some political prisoners. Many disused prisons have been left to rot and decay, while a few have been demolished. No longer places for the incarcerated, many of these derelict landscapes are now the realms of urban explorers who document the abandonment and degradation of the former correctional institutions in pictures.
Image: Dave Scaglione
These weren’t just places that incarcerated people, either; men were killed there as well, whether by hanging or the electric chair – not to mention in outbreaks of violence. Many prisons, of course, housed a death row where prisoners lived until the state chose to end their lives.
The crumbling walls of these buildings are steeped in history. Political leaders who had fallen out of favor, famous killers and bank robbers all once inhabited the cells you see here. So join us as we explore some of the creepiest decrepit and abandoned prisons – from penitentiaries in the United States to jails in Cape Town, South Africa and islands off Italy.