HR Strange But True!
November 16, 2007

If you ever feel like you're working in a cold, prison-like environment, you've got nothing on the employees of the Woods and Woods law firm in Evansville, Indiana.

Woods and Woods recently relocated into a building that for years served as the county jail. Each morning as they arrive at work, the first thing the firm's 30 employees see is one of the original jail cells, complete with four metal bunk beds, a sink, and a toilet. And their view to the outside world is through windows protected with iron bars.

"They are always joking they can't get away, or saying we're slave drivers," Mike Woods told the Evansville Courier & Press.

Built in 1890, the turreted building is modeled after the Castle of Lichtenstein in Germany. It was the focal point of a race riot in July 1903 that lasted several days and resulted in 12 deaths and numerous injuries.

The building stood vacant from 1967 to 1994. Woods leased the building from Vanderburgh County in 2003, and it appears that his firm has done a commendable job of renovating the structure.

The combination of lawyers and a jail can't help but lead to some jokes. The Associated Press quipped that while most law firms try to keep their clients out of jail, Woods invites them in. And we're guessing that some of our more cynical readers wouldn't mind seeing the building stuffed with a few more lawyers -- and locked from the outside.

Source: Evansville Courier & Press

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