The Five Most Terrifying Prisons On The Planet

Published April 1, 2016
Updated December 1, 2017

From physical abuse and disease, to severe overcrowding and gang violence, the following five terrifying pits of chaos and despair are the worst prisons in the world.

Aftermath Of A Prison Riot

The aftermath of a prison riot inside the California Institution for Men prison, August 19, 2009. (Photo by Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

When it comes to criminal justice, we’d all like to think that the punishment fits the crime. After all, knowing that the worst offenders are locked away somewhere gives us all a sense of comfort. But what if the punishment doesn’t fit the crime?

What if the punishment is far, far worse than that deserved? As this group of five of the worst prisons on Earth show, that’s sometimes the case.

Briana Jones
Briana Jones is a freelance writer, screenwriter, and artist roaming the hot sands of the southwest. She enjoys the strange and unusual, and green tea.
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