by Russ Pulliam
Posted 5/26/16, 01:33 pm
Inside and out, the state prison in Pendleton, Ind., looks dismal and depressing. The 30-foot stone wall thwarts the temptation for the 1,500-plus inmates to escape. More barriers include fences just inside the wall, topped by rolls of razor wire.
Built in 1923, what was then known as the Indiana Reformatory was a temporary home for bank robber John Dillinger. Today, the renamed Pendleton Correctional Facility, just northeast of Indianapolis, is a maximum-security prison that still houses many of Indiana’s roughest offenders.