A personal history of the Norfolk prison
Joel Winslow, 78, is probably the only guy you’ll ever meet who’s nostalgic for the time he spent in prison. That’s because he grew up at MCI-Norfolk, where his father, Maurice, served as prison superintendent from 1934 until 1950.
At his house in Oxford, Winslow has stacks of curled, black-and-white photographs that show how the prison was built with inmate labor in the 1930s. There are brown manila folders full of correspondence between his father and state officials, internal memos, and letters from inmates and politicians. His father’s diary details some of the incidents that took place behind the prison walls.