Old Joliet Prison Built in 1858, the Old Joliet Prison was built as a showpiece. One to show power and control. Both to the inmates inside, and those outside. Take a Tour - "Do Time" Your chance to do time has come. Go inside the prison gates and see where some famous inmates and some famous television shows called home. Learn More COMING SOON: An Icon in Movies and Television The Mission from God started here. An infamous breakout as well. Coming soon, a section about the movies, shows, and other productions starring the Old Joliet Prison.