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Lance Battreal and Charlie Smith shining a torch. Battreal and Smith dig their way into a system of steam tunnels under the prison.

Lance Battreal and Charlie Smith shining a torch. Battreal and Smith dig their way into a system of steam tunnels under the prison. (View larger version)

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  • The Indiana State Prison is a maximum security facility located in Michigan City, Indiana. Some of its inmates are on death row.

  • In 1901, Joseph Keith, the first prisoner to be executed at Indiana State, was hanged.

  • Indiana State Prison was established in 1860.

  • Mark Booher, Lance Battreal and Charles Smith worked their way out through old tunnels.

  • Prisoners incarcerated at Indiana State Prison have included bank robber John Dillinger and Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon D.C. Stephenson.

  • From 1913 to 1995, Indiana inmates sentenced to death were executed in the electric chair. The chair itself was actually made by prisoners.

  • It costs an average of $54.28 every day to keep an adult inmate in prison in Indiana.

  • The Indiana Department of Correction operates a museum that chronicles its history; included is a display on one of the department’s more famous guests: Charles Manson.

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