Sunday, February 12, 2017

Touring the Old Idaho Penitentiary

When author Joshua David Bellin came to town to co-teach a writing workshop with me, I wanted to show him some local points of interest. The first thing that came to mind was the old penitentiary. I hadn't toured the facility since I was a teenager, and I found it fascinating in different ways this time. Oh, the stories those walls hold! We had a fabulous tour guide who shared many of those stories with us. Plus, Joshua knows author Leah Pileggi, who wrote a novel, Prisoner 88, inspired by the story of the youngest prisoner held at the old pen. The boy was only ten years old, and he was imprisoned with hardened adults. Here are a few pictures from the tour:

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