History

The Hartford County Jail

Forty years ago the Hartford County Jail was demolished after a checkered history in which it was called medieval, cruel, and a “hell hole.” It was also commonly called by its location, the Seyms Street Jail, rather than its name. I found these images of the jail from an investigative piece filed in 1974 by John Sablon and Brad Davis.

More info on the jail here: https://connecticuthistory.org/the-deplorable-history-of-hartfords-seyms-street-jail/
and here: https://shoeleatherhistoryproject.com/2014/05/08/hell-hole-the-seyms-street-jail/

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