Whatever your opinion of Michael Vick's signing with the Philadelphia Eagles it is probably related to your personal opinion of whether or not Vick has had a sufficient punishment for running a dog fighting ring and murdering several dogs in the process.
Your thoughts on what federal prison is like are probably based on movies like The Shawshank Redemption or Oz...those were both state prisons by the way and the only federal penitentiary movie that springs to mind immediately is Goodfellas...and I don't think that was the same treatment that Vick had.
So inspired by Stale Gum's "on-location" card breaks, last week I took a little drive to see Leavenworth in person. The prison is located on Fort Leavenworth which is an Army base that is literally in the city of Leavenworth, Kansas. One second you've got fast food restaurants and gas stations and the next you are BAM, face to face with a federal prison.
I think many of you will be surprised by what it looks like. It has more of a city hall or early 1900 public library than a prison.
The view from the west.
And here is the front view from the car. There is a memorial to killed prison guards in the front but you aren't allowed to take photographs of it or to even park and take photographs of the front of the prison which is really just begging for a nice snapshot.