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. Plan Your Visit 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 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.