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France H15 Prison, France, April 2016

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The last stop on a mini euro was this giant and scary Prison. Filled the graffiti, trashed cells and fear. The oppressive walls always there, even though there are multiple entry points, the feeling of entrapment is real. 
There is also a huge gypsy camp in the carpack and apparently some have set up shop in the female block of the prison. 



There has been a prison on the site since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Originally a monastery, it was converted into a prison in 1822 after plans for a conversion to a work house were changed to meet the demand for more prisons, as cells were overcrowded and prisoners were being let loose early .   At its peak the Prison held 1500 inmates, 965 men and 532 women. The prison closed down in 2011 after changes in the penitentiary systems.


Shot with a Nikon D3300 and a 18-55 kit lens.


















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