Modern Marvels

Season 7 Episode 7


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 06, 2000 on The History Channel
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The philosophy, architecture of today's U.S. prisons emerge from those of history. They are buildings designed to keep their inhabitants inside and under control. But very often, there is another, psychological aspect at work--they are made to look as grim and foreboding as possible. MODERN MARVELS takes a long, hard look at how prisons have been designed and built through the ages. The program starts in antiquity, where sewers and dank dungeons were commandeered to keep the unruly and unwelcome captive. Prison designers and experts examine how these ancient roots show up in the design of much more modern prisons, where many elements go beyond the need for security. We'll tour famous prisons from Alcatraz to the newest, maximum-security facilities built during America's most recent wave of prison construction. And examine the features that may well become staples of the next generation of these facilities. This is your day pass into the world of punishment, a fascinating tour of the buildings at the backbone of the penal system.moreless
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      • Bernard Kerik
        Former Police Commissioner, New York City

        Buford Goff
        Prison Technology Expert

        J. Alan Buck
        Prison Architect

        Thomas McCarthy
        New York City Prison Historian

        Norman Johnston PhD
        Author, "Forms of Constraint"

        John Roberts, PhD
        Author, "Reform and Retribution"

        Roger Panetta, PhD.
        Prof. of History, Marymount College, NY

        Ethel Rosenberg (archival footage)

        Julius Rosenberg (archival footage)

        James Cagney (archival footage)

        Brant L. Kehn
        Former Deputy Superintendent, Sing-Sing

        James McFadden
        Warden, Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis

        Andrew Cupples
        Prison Architect

        Clyton Eastmond
        Warden, Riker's Island

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Silvia Gambardella
        Producer: Silvia Gambardella
        Associate Producer: Jeff Conroy
        Editor: Brian Johnson
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Production Supervisor: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Charlotte Carpenter
        Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Camera: Michael C. Conner
        Camera: Tom Gillery
        Camera: Chris Mendes
        Camera: Marc Milkin
        Audio: Andy Kreiser
        Audio: Heather Maren
        Audio: Alexander Marshall
        Audio: Phillip Rossini
        Post Production Coordinator: Jason Steinberg
        Assistant Editor: Stuart Brodlieb
        Assistant Editor: Harris Cohen
        Assistant Editor: Gary Reid
        Post Production Assistant: Brian Volk
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Matt Gruber
        Animation: Doug Whitney
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Francis Ramey
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Gwendolyn Murphy
        Production Assistant: Jaime Schoenbrun
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Arizona Department of Corrections Lewis Complex
        BI Monitoring
        Buford Goff and Associates
        Riker's Island
        Sing Sing Correctional Facility
        David Ward

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday

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