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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.
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.
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.