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Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Day Room

Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Day Room - Essex County Jail Annex
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This spartan area is where prisoners spent their time during the day. Three floors are each divided into four identical areas such as this. In front of every bench is a footlocker and a flat surface for writing on. A hallway that wraps around the cages ensures that prisoners can be supervised from all angles while restricting their access to correctional officers.

Photographs and text by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. Essex County Jail Annex, Caldwell NJ. 2008.

If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the new Abandoned America book Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences. Signed copies are available through my website, or you can find (unsigned) copies available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.


Also in: Essex County Jail Annex

Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Main Entrance
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Entry Stairwell
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Lobby Cage
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Visitor's Room
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | smaller and smaller every day
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Guard Station
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Cafeteria Entrance
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | the remorseless progression
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Caged Coffee
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | salvation lies within
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | Guard Desk
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | what recourse is left
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | one can always hope
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | this mirage of social justice
Essex County Jail Annex (Caldwell, NJ) | prisoners still