Crime Museum in Washington DC

Now here's a cool place I found during my research - The Crime Museum in Washington DC. Formally referred to as the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, is located right on 7th Street NW. It’s currently one of the newest museum attractions in Washington. Explore the history of crime and punishment and then interact with the many hands on CSI exhibits. There’s three floors to explore with hundreds of artifacts and activities to examine.

Described by Good Morning America as a "must see for CSI fans," this museum includes a crime lab and the filming studios for America's Most Wanted. A simulated shooting range, high-speed police-chase, and hundreds of interactives and artifacts pertaining to America's favorite subject. See website for details.....

A look at UK Prison museums

I thought it might be nice to cast a spotlight on some of the UK's Prison Museums, for those who might have forgotten that crime doesn't pay.  This week we look at Inverarary  Jail. Location in Argyll and Bute. Inveraray Jail, in Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, is a 19th-century prison and courthouse. In use as a prison from 1820 to 1889, the building is now a living museum. It is a category A listed building.
 
Designed by James Gillespie Graham (1776–1855) in 1813 after original plans by Robert Reid in 1807. The original plans had called for a courthouse and three prisons, one for males, one for females and one for debtors. The ground obtained was sufficient for such an ambitious plan, but the finance was not and the Prison Commissioners had to be content with only one prison.
 
Both the courthouse and prisons opened in 1820. The courtroom, on the first floor, has a semicircle of large windows giving a magnificent view overlooking the prison yard and, beyond, across Loch Fyne. The two-storied prison has three-foot-thick walls of massive rough hewn red stone and originally contained cells on both floors, eight in total. A third of the ground floor was occupied by a day-room which was lit, like the cells, by narrow, unglazed windows. The Prisons (Scotland) Act 1839 brought about many changes, including the separation of prisoners.
 
A second prison was finally built on the spare ground, opening in the closing days of 1848. Designed by Thomas Brown of Edinburgh, the new prison consisted of twelve cells on three floors with an exercising gallery at the top. A pair of outdoor exercise yards were also built, separated from each other by a wall. Prisoners were not allowed to fraternize. The separate system was designed to give them time to reflect upon their sins.
 
Interior of Inverary Jail cell
The Prisons (Scotland) Act 1877 heralded another major change in the administration of prisons. Local authorities would no longer have the responsibility of running and financing prisons; the Government was taking control. Large prisons were built in the center of population. Barlinnie in Glasgow opened in 1882 and small local prisons in the West of Scotland began to close. Inveraray would be the last. On 20 July 1889 readers of the Argyllshire Herald were informed that "the prison of Inveraray will be closed on 31st August".
 
Despite changes to the prison system, the court was still sitting, continuing until 1954, with a little activity since then. On several occasions the premises have come near to being abandoned, especially when it was necessary to spend money on repairs. In the 1980s extensive restoration was undertaken by the Scottish Office, but then all plans fell through and the building lay empty. In May 1989, Inveraray Jail was reopened as a privately owned tourist attraction, re-enacting the trials and the life of the inmates of the 19th century.
 
 
 

New Book

It would be great to say that I've finished editing book two, but sadly not as this is going to take at least another 3 or 4 weeks. I know I'm a perfectionist, but if it's not right then it's not right. The new book is currently over 350 pages long, plus illustrations (if I decide to have any) with multi story lines and I hope it's not too long for the teen reader. 
 
This is the life I chose, so no complaints from me and I'll keep everyone posted on developments.
 
For now here's another funny cop arrest photo for you to enjoy.

Quinnault Reservation

I have featured a couple of images before from the location of my latest Teen Cops book 'On Sacred Ground' but as the Quinnault Reservation is such a beautiful place I decided to share more. If you get a chance to watch some of the youtube videos of the area I think you'll agree that it's a spectacular location.  Scenes from the Twilight Movies were filmed on location in the Washington area, so 'm not the first to discover it's potential.

New book update

The new book Teen Cops 'On Sacred Ground' has been set out in the correct format and now I need to read it through several times. This is when I make multiple changes which can be a pain for the publisher, but I need to get everything it right. While I continue the edit, I'll be updating the Teen Cops site with new Cop based movie releases and this week it's the turn of UK based Harrigan. See the home page for details.

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