Good Law | Bad Law #45 - Eastern State Penitentiary Special Episode W/ Sean Kelly

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by the Vice President of Eastern State Penitentiary, Sean Kelly.


Eastern State Penitentiary was built in 1829 on the outskirts of the city and was one of the most iconic and influential prisons in its time. Utilizing a new concept of “time as punishment”, Eastern State was designed with one thing in mind: Solitary Confinement. Each prisoner was isolated for up to six years. Though this punishment style was harsh and met great criticism from the start, many of the prisons built in the 1800’s across the world adopted this unique style. Eastern State Penitentiary was built in a wagon wheel pattern. Each hallway came together at a central hub which made it easy for guards to look down each hallway to make sure everything was in order.


During its operational life from 1829 through 1971 Eastern State Penitentiary was home to some of America’s most iconic prisoners including Al Capone and Slick Willy Sutton.


Join us for this fascinating conversation with Sean Kelly and head over to our YouTube channel Good Law | Bad Law to see the ins and outs of the massive structure.


And, if you’re in the Philadelphia area in the Month of October, head over to Eastern State for “Terror Behind the Walls” where the entire prison is turned into a haunted house full of the best scares and thrills in Philadelphia.


Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Sean Kelly


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