Goodson Estuarial Reformatory

Taking old sailing ships that would normally just be scuttled or dismantled and replaced by newer steamships, philanthropist Guy Goodson’s program hastily refitted the vessels to have cells and guard quarters, with the intention of “moderating the criminal impulses of recidivists.” A dozen such vessels sit off the coast of Pine Island, loosely moored together and anchored in place, with no rigging to tempt prisoners into wild escape attempts. Staff, prisoners, and visitors have to be ferried over by rowboat.

Goodson Estuarial Reformatory

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