This activity was created for Criminal Justice students who have learned about the differences between local jails, state prisons, and federal supermax prisons. Prior to this activity I typically show documentaries on Alcatraz and Eastern State Penitentiary. However, that's completely up to you! Students have consistently been very engaged in this activity that typically takes two 45-minute class periods, or one blocked period for those on a blocked schedule.
The packet itself is very open-ended so you can instruct the students as to what specific details you want them to include as you best see fit. :)