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America’s Toughest Prison

Published: December 17, 2012

In part two of “America’s Toughest Prison,” John Bartlow Martin describes the hardships of routine life inside Illinois State Penitentiary in 1957 Joliet, Illinois, and the escape of inmate Terrible Touhy.

Click here to download the full article “America’s Toughest Prison” (October 27, 1957) by John Bartlow Martin, or read below. (See also “Jailhouse Blues” in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue.)

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