Inside Eastern State Penitentiary (3) tv-pg Play video Select your TV provider to log in to have full access to videos Select your TV provider See all providers Don't see your TV provider? Learn more You can access this video on the free HISTORY® app. *You must verify your TV provider towatch this video on the App Your Parental Control settings do not allow you to view this content. Inside Eastern State Penitentiary (3 min) tv-pg America's first prison, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, became the model for all prisons. It was built in 1829 by the passive Quakers, who believed that solitary confinement was the best way to serve penance.