A listing of abandoned jails and prisons in the United States.

Detroit House of Correction

Detroit House of Correction

The Detroit House of Correction, commonly referred to as DeHoCo, is a former penitentiary complex near Detroit, Michigan. Originally located in the city of Detroit, the Detroit House of Correction was relocated Plymouth and Northville townships between 1920 and 1931 as the old “medieval” structure was considered not only antiquated but a fire hazard.

  • Location: Michigan
  • Status: Demolished

Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory, also referred to as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio. Constructed between 1886 and 1910, it remained in operation until a 1990 federal court order required it to be closed. The facility is best known for its role in The Shawshank Redemption.

  • Location: Mansfield, Ohio
  • Status: Tourist Attraction

Tennessee State Penitentiary

Tennessee State Penitentiary

Tennessee State Penitentiary is a former state prison that operated from 1831 to 1992 near Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Status: Closed

West Virginia Penitentiary

Located in Moundsville, West Virginia, the West Virginia Penitentiary is a Gothic-styled prison that housed some of the most violent criminals in the United States. The prison opened in 1876; the last prisoners left in 1993.

  • Location: Moundsville, West Virginia
  • Status: Tourist Attraction