This photo released Thursday, March 17, 2005, by the California Department of Corrections shows Scott Peterson during the intake process at San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi on Wednesday accepted the jury's recommendation that Peterson be sentenced to death, calling the killing of Laci Peterson and her fetus "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous." (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- Former state prison facilities in southern Michigan are becoming a hot tourist attraction.
The Detroit Free Press reports Monday the Jackson Historic Prison Tour is booming, with nearly 50 tours booked this year. A highlight is a visit to 7-Block at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan, which closed in 2007. It's part of a razor-wire enclosed campus with other active state prison facilities.
Tour founder Judy Gail Krasnow worked with the state to add 7-Block as part of her Jackson-area tour last year. She's told the Jackson Citizen Patriot the prisons are part of the area's unique history.
Visitors can sit in cells and read prison rule books still attached to the cell bars.
Tours begin at Jackson's original prison, which operated until the 1930s.