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Blackgate Penitentiary is a prison in Gotham City.


In an earlier life, Karen Jennings was incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary after she accidentally killed her abusive father. During her time there, she was taken out of Blackgate Penitentiary and taken to Pinewood Farms.[1]

Ian Hargrove was being transferred from Blackgate to a mental hospital, when the Russian Mob led by Gregor Kasyanov intercepted his transport.[2]

Tabitha Galavan later visited Theo Galavan at Blackgate at the time when he was awaiting trial.[3]

After Jim Gordon was found guilty for the murder of Carl Pinkney, he was sentenced to 40 years at Blackgate Penitentiary. As Gordon is being taken into Blackgate Penitentiary, Harvey Bullock vows to Gordon that he'll find the person who set him up.[4]

While in Blackgate, Jim Gordon deals with the prison life. A few weeks later, Gordon meets the Warden Carlson Grey who tells him that he will be moved to Wing F. Wing F is also known as "World's End" where the only way out is either through parole or a bodybag which is mostly the end for its inhabitants. Though nobody ever gets parole. With help from Carmine Falcone, Harvey Bullock orchestrated Jim Gordon's escape with the help of the prison guard Wilson Bishop. After Wilson Bishop knocks out Warden Grey in the infirmary, he has Gordon knock him out so that he and Puck can get out of Blackgate Penitentiary.[5]

Upon Karen Jennings, Bruce Wayne, and Alfred Pennyworth being apprehended for breaking into Pinewood Farms, Nathaniel Barnes lets Bruce go while ordering for Karen to be prepped to be returned to Blackgate Penitentiary.[1]


Known inmates

Former inmates



  • Blackgate Prison is a major landmark from DC Comics, serving as Gotham City's prison for common criminals while Arkham Asylum was the prison for insane, psychopathic or mentally-ill criminals.
  • The episode "Wrath of the Villains: Pinewood" indicates that female prisoners are also held there, but in a separate unspecified section.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hull, Robert & Brown-Mostyn, Megan (writers) & Stephens, John (director) (April 18, 2016). "Wrath of the Villains: Pinewood". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 18. FOX.
  2. Woodruff, Ken (writer) & Gaviola, Karen (director) (November 17, 2014). "Harvey Dent". Gotham. Season 1. Episode 9. FOX.
  3. Brown-Mostyn, Megan (writer) & Milito, Shaw Louis (director) (November 16, 2015). "Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 9. FOX.
  4. Hull, Robert (writer) & Copus, Nick (director) (March 21, 2016). "Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 15. FOX.
  5. Cannon, Danny (writer) & White, Scott (director) (March 28, 2016). "Wrath of the Villains: Prisoners". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 16. FOX.

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