There is perhaps nothing more poignant than an abandoned prison. When you see these haunting images, it's hard not to imagine what once went on in these now-crumbling rooms.
A jail on the island of Procida in Italy, built in 1563 as a castle, transformed into a prison in 1815, closed in 1988.
(via Luca Terracciano)
Vilvoorde Prison, Vilvoorde, Belgium, opened in the late 18th century as a prison, later used as a military hospital, barracks and a dentention centre. It was closed in 1974.
Old Salem Jail, Salem, Massachusetts, constructed in 1813, closed in 1991.
(via Rana X)
The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, opened in 1829, closed in 1971.
And here's Al Capone's cell: