These haunting images were captured by urban photographer Cindy Vasko who was 'in awe with the impressive, beautiful castle-like architecture' of the prison's exterior after passing through its gates. She told MailOnline: 'Upon entering the prison, I was quite taken with the massiveness of the facility... Multi-level floors of cell blocks greet a visitor. The two large cell blocks are the largest I have ever seen - six tiers. She added: 'The one cell block has cells a bit larger than the other so I assume one group of prisoners felt a little luckier than the other due to the added living space.Luckier? Yes, and it wasn't just a feeling. The concrete West Block was more expensive. Beasley ran a realty business for inmates who wanted to get out of the especially dismal all-steel East Block. You paid Beasley's agents for the first move into the West Block, which was calculated to be a small increase in status. You paid again to move away from the inner end of West, out to safer territory. Suburbs and exurbs.** Vasko caught the architectural distinction but didn't understand human nature. = = = = = ** Come to think of it, that's not a metaphor. It's precisely literal. The East Block cellie who was going to kill me was an Italian mafioso from downtown Cleveland. The first move to Inner West was with an Armenian psychopath from Parma; last move to Outer West, a couple of Jewish junkies from Shaker Heights. = = = = = Separate thought: Articles based on movies and modern photos consistently miss a major aspect of prison life. Because the outbuildings have been demolished, you get the impression that inmates spent all day in their cells. In reality we spent a shitpile of time MARCHING around the campus. Wake up, march to the cafeteria building, march to workplaces, march to cafeteria, march to workplaces, march to cafeteria, march to cell block, march to recreation, march to cellblock. Each march began with a complicated sequence of lining up from various ranges and blocks and buildings and ended with a complicated process of peeling off to various ranges and blocks and buildings. = = = = = Much later update: Beasley looked a LOT like this canine Beasley.
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