Beggs Mentioned in Penn Law Alumni Magazine for Connection to “Shawshank” Closure

Clinical Professor Emeritus Gordon Beggs was mentioned in the Penn Law Journal, the alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, for his connection to the closure of the Ohio State Reformatory, AKA the Mansfield Reformatory.   The Mansfield Reformatory was used in the filming of the Oscar-nominated movie,The Shawshank Redemption.  The prison, which was known for brutal conditions, includes a six story high, free-standing steel cell block, reportedly the largest in the world.  Working for the ACLU of Ohio, Beggs filed a federal lawsuit in 1978 seeking to close the prison.  The lawsuit led to the Boyd Consent Decree, which closed the Mansfield Reformatory.   

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