In the last few centuries, several famous prisons rose to the forefront of the public knowledge. Many of them earned their fame by their notoriety, but some managed to earn the respect of public by their impressive security measures that held their inmates securely behind their walls.
Since the birth of the modern legal system, tales of many prisons brought the chills down the spines of people around the world. Some became famous because of their notoriety and the harsh way inmates lived through every day of their sentence, and some prided themselves for impressive security that held every prisoner that ever entered through their gate.
As a first of the “super max” prisons of modern time, the notorious United States prison Alcatraz has forged the incredible place in the minds of the pop culture. Stories about his natural defenses, famous prisoners and even more famous escape attempts continue to live on between the walls of this legendary structure.
Although Europe mad many interesting medieval during its medieval age, none can claim that Château d'If was not one of the most famous ones. Located inside the walls of the fortified small island, this prison became one of the most famous prisons on the Mediterranean. Here you can find out more about it interesting history.
Although Tower of London had many uses over the last 900 years, it is mostly remembered today for its extensive use as a central prison of England. Stories created during its long and varied history still live in the minds of the England public, and thousands of people visit this magnificent structure every day with goal to explore its past.
Among the worst prison ever known to man, Brazilian Carandiru Penitentiary can be easily be put at the top of the list. Stories about its horrific environment, and the bloody riots that left hundreds dead and thousands hurt still echoes through the history of Brazil and the world.
As the popularity of the penal colonies grew in 18th and 19th century, the stories from its prisoners started spreading slowly across the world. The most notorious one was without the doubt the French prison Devil's Island which was responsible for the death of the majority of its 80 thousand prisoners.
The tales of the famous POW camp situated in the heart of the North Vietnamese territory still live today, as the prisoners of this camp remember the horrific treatment that they received there. Here you can find out more about the history of this notorious prison.
Bang Kwang Central Prison has managed over the last 80+ years to attract reputation of being one of the harshest and unforgiving prisons in Thailand and entire Asia. Overcrowded population, unfair food distribution and practice of using leg irons even in this modern age make this prison a place that you definitely don’t want to visit.
In the long history of Australian penal code, Prison Pentridge is remembered for his long history of enforcing harsh environment and a strict punishment for all who disobeyed orders of Australian Law.