In the Jailhouse…now

I enjoy doing photo journalism, which describes a subject primarily through photographs, with limited “words” to go along. In this case, I found the old Caswell County North Carolina Jail House, located in Yancyville. It operated from 1906-1973 and was renovated in 1985. The building itself was not that unusual to me, but I found the main steel door and the bared windows on the brick building to be interesting. To a convicted or suspected criminal being led into the facility, it most likely was an unhappy sight. I wanted to get some closeups of the thick steel door, with its old lock. Looking closely, you can read where the door and lock was made … good old Stewart Jail Works Company. I sometimes wonder of we’d kept more “rough and tough” jails like this operating today, whether the deterrent to crime would be better than it is.

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