Shawshank State Prison

Shawshank State Prison is a fictional New England state prison that is alleged to be in the state of Maine. It serves as the primary location in the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, as well as its subsequent film adaptation. The film The Shawshank Redemption chronicles Andy Dufresne, a thirty-year-old banker who is sentenced to life in prison after being wrongfully convicted of committing a double murder. Andy was incarcerated at Shawshank Prison in 1948, where he wore the prisoner number 81433-SHNK.

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He is sentenced to life in prison at Penitentiary, run by the God-fearing warden Samuel Norton, who announces, “I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you’ll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.”

At first the bookish banker is treated cruelly by some of the guards and other inmates, and is regarded coolly by the better men in Shawshank Andy Dufresne never tells his left hand what his right hand is doing.

In time he is befriended by a fellow lifer, Red, who is the great fixer of the jail. He becomes his greatest admirer. Red believes Andy is innocent. Andy tells Red that if ever they both get out of jail they will meet on the beach at Zihuatenejo in Mexico.

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