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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 1:47 pm, Tue Oct 15, 2013.

Tours of the dormant “Old Main” prison resumed this month with an eye to making a more respectful presentation regarding one of the nation’s bloodiest prison riots, as well as gathering ideas for how to make use of the stark structure south of Santa Fe.

State Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said he wants to avoid the ghost stories and graphic depictions of the 1980 violence that accompanied some of the tours offered last year at the former penitentiary.

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3 comments:

  • mark mocha posted at 11:34 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 207

    The reason some of history has not repeated itself is that there is more transparency in the prison system these days along with much better traetment of inmates. Much better but unfortunately not good enough. Verbal and physical abuses continue on a daily basis as does the protecting of poorly qualified guards. So, until they figure out a way to weed out the abusive guards and provide better living and rehabilitative conditions for inmates incidents like what happened at that jail will always be not a question of if but when.
    So no, there is no closure for those who suffered and are still suffering. And I don't nweed to read a book to understand what happened. I lived it.

     
  • Tennille Vigil posted at 9:24 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    TennilleVigi Posts: 1

    People tour the place to learn about history. Sure there was pain and suffering, but its part of Santa Fe history. I toured the place to find closure in what I have learned about the riot. There is a sense of peace at the old main, like the area wants to tell the story and wants people to listen. To understand what happen, read the book The Devils Butcher Shop and maybe you will understand why people want to tour the Old Main and why history has not repeated itself.

     
  • mark mocha posted at 7:44 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 207

    Why anyone would want to tour a place where so much pain and suffering took place is beyond me. I guess it's like this COPS TV phenonomen where people get off on others misfortune. Prison is a horrible place where the worst in man is exhibited every day, and i'm not just talking about the prisoners. Beatings, rape, torture, humiliation.... and the list goes on. If someone really wants to go to wher this type of behavior was an every day occurance then they really need to look in the mirror and honestly ask themselves why.

     
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