Behind Bars

Those words conjure up crime and punishment. Not always. From Alcatraz to Andersonville, thousands, if not tens of thousands, were incarcerated. Some for breaking the law. Some were captured by the enemy. Some for social convenience. The National Park Service preserves the stories of many perspectives of this ages-old practice of detention. Unlock the stories of many who did their time.

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