When the Maison d’Arrêt de La Santé, in the heart of Paris in the XIVth Arrondissement, was about to undergo major renovations, I had the opportunity to step on “the other side of the wall.” Inaugurated on August 20, 1867, La Santé prison, which takes its colloquial name from the street where it stands, possesses singular architecture shaped by the penitentiary philosophy of its time.
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