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The Lessons of Marion

The Lessons of Marion

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On Oct. 22, 1983, the murder of two corrections officers by prisoners at a federal penitentiary in Illinois led to a nationally publicized lockdown where prisoners were isolated in their cells for 23 hours a day. The Marion lockdown is widely considered to have ushered in the era of super-maximum, or "supermax" prisons in the United States. 

In 1985, AFSC issued this report, "Lessons of Marion: The Failure of a Maximum Security Prison."