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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.
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.
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 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.