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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.
Australia’s most deadliest and notorious prison Port Arthur is even today remembered for the harsh live of the convicts that were shipped there from all reaches of British Empire in 19th century. Today this historic site represents one of the biggest tourist attractions in Australia, and the stories about the harsh live within its walls continue to frighten its visitors.
One of the most famous prison escapes in American history happened in late 2000, when seven hardened criminals managed to escape from maximum security prison John Connally Unit and survive over one month in freedom. Find out more about this prison escape, which by its complexity rivals the one that happened in Alcatraz.
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.