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Joliet Prison Tours Sought

Mon, 05 May 2014 13:50:21 CDT
By: AP

Community officials in Joliet are hoping to get state permission to operate tours of the historic Joliet Correctional Center. Known as the Joliet Prison, the facility was featured in ``The Blues Brothers.'' The complex has about a dozen buildings and was built in the mid-1800s. It was shuttered by the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2002 and has been empty ever since. It's used by film crews as well as police and military agencies for special training. Now Joliet city officials and the Joliet Area Historical Museum want to operate bus and walking tours that would be led by former prison guards. The tour would take visitors to a cell from 1853, a solitary confinement building, guard posts and a guard turret. No one would be allowed in the buildings.

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