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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.
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.
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.