Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge

Jail Cells, 1800’s

The Charleston Jail was opened in 1802 when the prisoners well being was not all that important.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

The third floor in the image above held the prisoners considered dangerous. Each cell held men, women, and children in an area about 12×12.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

A small coal fireplace in one corner provided some heat in the winter.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

Each floor held a different type of prisoner. The first floor was for guards, supplies, and special people of Charleston society. Second floor was a debtors prison, third for long term inmates.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

The only personal hygiene considerations was a communal bath on the first floor for the removal of lice.

Jail Cells, 1800's - click to enlarge
Jail Cells, 1800’s – click to enlarge

Light and fresh air came from an air shaft center of the building.

The jail was shutdown in 1939.

 

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