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The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism website, interviewed Michelle Brown for a story examining how old penitentiaries are repurposed and given new life. Some are turned into museums, hotels, recording studios, summer camps, and now, haunted houses.

Brown, associate professor of sociology, and other critics say haunted tours of prisons are a distraction from the grim realities of the criminal justice system. “There’s no discussion about the current state of affairs with prisons,” said Brown, a criminologist who has written about penal tourism. “It’s appalling.” Read the full story online.

Vice also co-published the story.