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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.
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.
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.