The West Virginia Penitentiary is a gothic-style prison located in Moundsville, West Virginia. Now closed and retired from prison use, it operated from 1876 to 1995. The fate of the prison was sealed in a 1986 ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court which stated that confinement to the 5 x 7-foot (2.1 m) cells constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Within nine years, West Virginia Penitentiary was closed as a prison.
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