Lorton prison started out as a small workhouse in 1910 where it was believed that a prisoner’s hard work, learned skills and fresh air would turn him into a model citizen. The prison started out with a capacity of 60 inmates and over time grew to an extensive 3,200 acre complex housing over 7,000 inmates. Operating at nearly 50% over capacity and understaffed the prison became a very dangerous place with reports of murder and uncontrollable drug trafficking inside. A lack of funding forced Lorton to close in 2001. Since closing no time has been wasted to reuse the property. A school and residential housing has been built beside the old prison buildings. Other future plans may include art studios, museum, golf course expansion, residential housing, retirement home, cemetery, and park land.
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