Shock Prison

The Moriah Shock Prison is an example of a former mining facility—built in 1943, the Fisher Hill Mine facilities were run by Republic Steel—that was successfully repurposed. Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the site is now a minimum security prison that houses male offenders. About 200 men live on the spartan campus. Shock incarceration facilities like these are based on a boot-camp like program that is meant to shock the inmate into making major life changes. Life here is so regimented that even a turn of the head is against the rules. Usually the program is an alternative to normal incarceration for non-violent offenders, and reduces the inmates sentence to a much shorter term.


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