Modern Marvels

Season 7 Episode 7


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 06, 2000 on The History Channel
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Episode Summary

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