You may have seen the artwork during The Blues Brothers. And, if you spend time in Old Joliet Prison’s North Segregation, you may have seen it as well.
“It’s Never Too Late to Mend” was meant to be encouragement for those prisoners being housed in North Segregation. It may be better known to most people as “solitary confinement.” This encouragement was carved into the floor of the building, right as you step in.
In June of 1980, this message was co-opted in The Blues Brothers. You may have missed it, as you could have been watching The Blues Brothers performing in jail during the finale of the movie.
From all that can be determined through the current exploration and stablization of the various different buildings on the Old Joliet Prison campus, that this finale was not filmed at Old Joliet Prison. We believe this was filmed on a soundstage in Hollywood.
Dozens of “It’s Never Too Late to Mend” paintings showed up in Downtown Joliet today, from Joliet Route 66 Stadium (home of the Joliet Slammers) to the Rialto Square Theatre. All preparing for The Great Joliet Prison Break-In. Now, keep in mind, this is done with chalk paint and with the blessing of the City of Joliet.
The one thing that you don’t want to be late for is getting your tickets for The Great Joliet Prison Break-In. Celebrate The Blues Brothers in the prison yard, with proceeds supporting the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s efforts to stabilize, secure and showcase this historic site to visitors from around the world. The event takes place on August 25, 2018, and you can get tickets at jolietprison.org/get-tickets-to-the-great-joliet-prison-break-in/.