Metropolitain Correctional Center in Chicago

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Metropolitain Correctional Center
Official name:William J. Campbell United States Courthouse annex

71 West Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60605
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Quick Facts
  • December, 2012: Two bank robbers climbed 15-tories down a rope made of bedsheets, hopped in a taxi and got away. They were eventually recaptured. Investigators discovered they removed bars from the window of their cell and replaced them with fake bars, and used piles of sheets to simulate sleeping bodies to fool the guards after they left.
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    »The cellblock windows are just five inches wide -- the maximum allowed by federal corrections guidelines at the time of this building's construction.
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    »Prisoners using the rooftop recreational facility.
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  Surprisingly attractive, considerfing its grim purpose. I've been in this building--not, I hasten to add, as a guest of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, but as a user of the General Services Administration Interagency Motor Pool garage, which in the 1980's occupied the lower level.

Alan Follett - Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 @ 12:54pm  

  The cellblock windows are 5" wide, the maximum allowed without bars. The building is triangular so that all the perimeter cells can be observed from the center. Only one escape has ever been made--prisoners smashed out the concrete around a window during a thunderstorm. The building has been repainted a slightly darker color than the original, sending some preservationists into a tizzy.

David Perry - Monday, February 9th, 2009 @ 4:49pm