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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.
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.
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.
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.