From the outside it looks like a stately home. Inside, it's quite different. Just 18 rotary cell jails were ever build. Most were promptly condemned as unsafe and cruel, but the biggest one lasted the longest, its three story 90,000 pound rotating cell block serving as the Pottawattamie County jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa from 1885 until 1969. This book is the second in a series, exploring the conditions of local incarceration before the "squirrel cage" was built, and goes into detail of the crimes of some of those who called it "home" over the years.
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