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Lorton State Maximum Security Prison.
In 1908, President Roosevelt demanded an investigation of the deplorable conditions in the Washington, DC, jail and reformatory. In 1916, Congress allocated funds to build a new facility to be located on the Occoquan River, in Fairfax County, Va.

The reformatory section was to have "dorms" rather than cell blocks. There were "cafeterias" for the inmates, and courtyards. The bricks for the buildings were manufactured on site. The prisoner's constructed the buildings.

Noteworthy, the individual dorms were connected by a walkway graced by brick arches, both on the "outside" of the walk and as part of the building.

Do you see the tortured face in the reflection in the window?

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