Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
Cell Block 7

Michigan’s Prison History Begins in Jackson

Michigan’s first State Prison ignited industry around South-Central Michigan and you can’t get any closer to prison history than in Jackson. Interactive tours and a museum on the grounds of a functioning penitentiary offer historians, educators and tourists an experience they won’t get anywhere else.

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Journal Article

  • A History of Jackson Prison, 1920-1975
    University of Michigan / Residential College
    Social Science Research Community
    Winter 1979
    By: Adrienne Eaton, John Knox, Frank Sudia, Marianne Carduner, Roy Doppelt, Jody George, Ellen Leopold, Charles Bright
    Uploaded by Frank Sudia



  • Stone (2010)
    A convicted arsonist looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path.
    Director: John Curran
    Writer: Angus MacLachlan
    Stars: Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro
  • Conviction (II) (2010)
    A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
    Director: Tony Goldwyn
    Writer: Pamela Gray
    Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo
  • Street Boss (2009)
    Based on the true story of how the FBI brought down one of Detroit's most notorious mobsters.
    Director: Lance Kawas
    Writers: Mark Bierlein (story), Philip R. Kerby (story)
    Stars: Robert Gallo, Nicholas Turturro, Edward Carnevale
  • Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) inspired by Jackson prison riot
    Producer Walter Wanger, who had just been released from a prison term after shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his wife, wanted to make a film about the appalling ...
    Director: Don Siegel
    Writers: Richard Collins (story), Richard Collins (screenplay)
    Stars: Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen

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Cell Block 7 Museum

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