Inside The World’s Strangest Prisons

Published June 24, 2015
Updated December 1, 2017

People have been at a loss for how to best handle convicted criminals throughout history. Public opinion has oscillated between favoring rehabilitation and punishment, with the only constant element being quarantine. Prisons came into existence largely as a method for isolating violent offenders from the innocent people outside. Most prisons are secure enough to do just that.

Not all prisons are equal, however. Depending on the country you live in, what sort of crimes you’ve committed, and how much money you can spend, your prison experience will be vastly different from others. Here are some of the extremes of incarceration from around the world:

Strangest Prisons Riot
San Pedro Exterior
Bolivia Courtyard
Strangest Prisons Corridor
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Richard Stockton
Richard Stockton is a freelance science and technology writer from Sacramento, California.
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