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Abbott State Penitentary

Abbott State Penitentiary is a maximum security prison located on Carnate Island, 10 miles off the shore of Maryland, and is part of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The primary structure was originally built as part of Fort Maleson to house hold German POWs during World War II. There are several buildings, each with their own corresponding inmate quarters, or “blocks.” The state carries out the majority of their executions in Abbott State Penitentiary.


Fort MalesonEdit

Main article: Fort Maleson

The fort was built in 1942 as both a defensive military base and a POW prison. According to amateur Carnate historian, Consuela Alvarez, it was staffed by two-hundred and fifty soldiers, and around one-thousand prisoners. Much of the fort is built into the rock and stone that makes up the island, making it not only a very durable structure, but proved to be a good foundation for Abbott. For unknown reasons, the basement was condemned and closed off years ago, but some entrances can still be found.


Abbott has gained distinction as one of the most dangerous prisons in the US, for both the inmates and guards. Among its better known problems are high rate of homicide and excessive general violence on both sides of the bars. However, what is usually not talked about is the high rate of inmate suicide. With the stories of murderous inmates such as Horace P. Gauge who killed his wife during a conjugal visit, to the sadistic executioner Hermes T. Haight who killed himself in the gas chamber, the prison has garnered quite a negative reputation.

Capital PunishmentEdit

Over the years Abbott has employed numerous execution methods such as electrocution, the gas chamber, and lethal injection. The prison is the primary location of state executions. Lethal injection is the only method in still in use.