- Keeping prisoners in separate cells at all times. Prisoners ate, worked, and listened to religious instruction from their cells.^
- Requiring prisoners to maintain silence within their individual cells.^
- Hooding or blindfolding prisoners when they were outside their cells. Upon entry to the prison, a prisoner was hooded (blindfolded) while being led to his or her cell. In theory, the prisoner never left this cell until he or she left the prison. European prisons in which prisoners had common religious services and exercise sessions placed hoods on prisoners during these congregate activities.^
Eastern State Penitentiary not only strove to keep prisoners in silence, but also to prevent them from being able to recognize other persons who had also been prisoners at Eastern State.