722 Comments for Lorton Reformatory

Barry Farm is a slum in S.E DC. 100% composed of project housing, it has been one of the 3 lowest income neighborhoods on the East coast since roughly the 1970s, and easily the worst in DC. During the 1980s gang culture in Compton, CA got much more publicity, but the gang crime rate was actually higher in S.E DC.

In the gangsta community, coming from a place like Barry Farm gives you instant street cred, and street cred must be always flaunted and displayed. Whatever his other antisocial personality traits, Ol' Hubcap aka Hitman seems to have good self esteem.
Wished I could have found this! Thanks for the gallery. Wonderful shots. Lots of memories.
Beg to differ with you Bill Many. These are actually 1, 3 and 5 dorms and the view is from the general pop side 2, 4 and 6. The bldg behind 5 dorm is on the Hill. Also this is not the yard but the area that kept gen pop from the pc dorms. The yard was in front of 2 dorm and behind 6 dorm with rec areas between 2 & 4 and 4 & 6.
These gates were added when the blocks were changed to lockdown blocks. When they were open population the space between the cell front and the wall were not enclosed.
Just a survival note: you don't sleep with your head towards the bars. If the toilet bothers you make a cover with newspaper and tape or whatever is available.
The stainless steel combo is a new addition. Sometime after 1983. And the radiators on the walls were hot enough to grill cheese, keep coffee warm and melt faces. If you desired privacy you put up a sheet.
It's the door to the rec yard and walkway
And Michael how is it that you remember the 1983 riot and the count of officers injured? One of the officers injured in that incident was named Michael and he left soon after. If by some off chance that was you I offer my belated apologies. It wasn't personal.
Not a lot of toothbrushes sharpened here. Real steel and very inventive prisoners... MacGyver's. Every unsecured piece of steel, hard plastic or wood that had potential was utilized. LMSF cell blocks were small. Perhaps 25 cells per tier, single cell, 2 tiers per side.
No going to the the outside world here. This was the entrance to the Hill. Elle oh Elle hopefully your uncle did not stay here long because LMSF was mind numbing.
Kaibil and Bill Many are right on point. This gate actually leads to the Hill or Medium Security facility. This was the Hole.
This was the walkway to the chow hall that also doubled as the visiting hall and movie theater. As intriguing as it looks it presented a gaunlet of blind spots from which an attacker could pounce.
In the early 80's the DC DOC obtained file cabinets from the State Department that were filled with top secret documents. They sat on the floor of the Butler Bldg. for at least months before govt. agents locked down the facility in an effort to recover the documents.
There was actually a temporary structure herer called the Butler Bldg. which housed the school, religious worship rooms and the law library. The yard was on the other side of the Butler Bldg. behind the general population dorms before it all became a lock down facility.
There were three gates to the sally port to enter the maximum security facility which could only be opened one at a time and they were controlled from the guard tower that overlooked the facility from the southeast corner.