A ‘country club’ prison
With dormitories, athletic fields, and a quad with plenty of open space, the layout of the penitentiary was reminiscent of a college campus. This novel design was supposed to foster a sense of community and responsibility among the inmates.
While critics called the experimental prison a “country club,” others hailed Norfolk as the “prison of the future” and a model for the next generation of correctional institutions.
Winslow said both the guards and the inmates treated him and his older brother well.
“You could drop a dollar bill in that prison, and someone would tap you on the shoulder and say ‘here, you dropped this,”’ Winslow said.
Pictured: Winslow holds one of his father's old pictures of the Norfolk State Prison Colony.