Open Arms

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

Peeling paint always catches my eye. We were running errands in Asheville this morning and I caught a glimpse of peeling institutional yellow paint so we made a detour. There’s something interesting about abandoned buildings, but this old closed prison was creepy. It’s even creepier in the photo – I borrowed Bob’s wide angle zoom for this so I could get the whole building and it almost appears to be stretching out its arms to gather victims into its maw.

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

But, not to worry: they’ve built a newer, bigger one to replace it.

“Zoos are full, prisons are overflowing… oh my, how the world still dearly loves a cage.”

– Maude, from the movie Harold and Maude, 1971

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14 responses to “Open Arms

  1. A place for a horror movie I think….spooky

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  2. Yep, I second the creepy sentiment!

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  3. great shot! foreboding and forbidding!!!

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  4. all the above (yea to all prev. comments). and, wha da hay: who remembers hair-oiled ‘n maude? seminal (‘must watch’) in the day. catSteevnz soundtrack. “i’ll always remember where it is.”

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    • Ann

      “Who remembers…” and then you quote from it? I guess I know somebody who remembers. On second thought, that is a good question considering when it came out.

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  5. JF

    Today dangerous criminals released from prisons in many states. Do you prefer them to be free?

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    • Ann

      The per capita incarceration rate in the US is six times that of Canada and more than three times that of Mexico, our nearest neighbors. We have the second highest per capita incarceration rate in the world.

      About half the prison population in the US is there because of nonviolent crimes.

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      • JF

        What is the ratio of crimes in Canada and US?
        Please give me your source of the statement “About half the prison population in the US is there because of nonviolent crimes.” Thank you.

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        • Ann

          I don’t think I will try to tackle the comparison of crime rates between countries – I’m not a statistician 🙂 and any such comparison would have to take into account the differences in what is and isn’t a crime in each country.

          U.S. incarceration rates are available at the Beaureau of Justice Statistics, http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=nps – they have a very easy-to-use tool called CSAT (Corrections Statistical Analysis Tool) which you can use to find or create downloadable statistical tables. The federal canned statistics tables are more recent and comprehensive than state tables, primarily because each reporting state is carrying differently formatted data and it must be normalized prior to performing any analyses. That said, the downloadable data is in a spreadsheet format which allows you to perform additional analyses on it.

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