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Some of the Most Extreme Prisons in the World

By Stuart Owens Subscribe to RSS | December 21st 2011 | Views:

The word prison itself is enough to scare a lot of people in today’s world. When we look at our news papers or watch news on our television. All we see is about violence, violations, rapes, murder, stabbing, theft and the list goes never ending. People who indulge in crimes spend or have some time in prison at some point of time in their life. Some of these prisons are very famous for its own reasons. We would have seen them in movies like The Shutter Island and so on. Some are well known for being notorious and some for its history and architect. Some strange prisons in the world are Leoben Justice Centre located in Steimark, Austria, Sark Prison in Guernsey, San Pedro Bolivia, Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Kresty Prison which is located in St Petersburg, Russia and San Quentin State from California.

The world’s smallest prison is ‘The Sark Prison’ which is located on the island of Sark in Guernsey. This is one of the oldest prisons and was built in the year 1856. The prison can hold only two people and generally for a night stay. As more people come, the prisoners get moved to a bigger jail that has corridors and staff. The San Pedro Prison is supposed to be the strangest prison in the world. The prisoners are made to pay rent for their stay and offered jobs within the campus. The prisons allow partners and tourist inside, however must be accompanied with a guide for safety reasons. Another interesting fact about San Pedro is that it allows the tourist to stay overnight with a small fee. Most often, we have frequent visitors there, as the purest form of cocaine can be bought at a very cheap price. The police men also come in to collect bribes from these people.

Leoben Justice Centre is consider as the world’s best prison and is located in Steiermark, which is in Austria. The prison looks like a five-star hotel which is created by Hohensinn Architektur. There are two inscriptions that are displayed at the prisons perimeter. It says, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” a quote that was taken from the American Declaration of Independence. The second one states, “Each of the persons deprived of their liberty must be humanely and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human being treated”.

The most famous prison in the world is the Alcatraz which is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, California. As this prison is located in an island, it is also called Alcatraz Island. Initially, the place served as a light house, which was then used as a military fortification. It was slowly converted into a military prison and then a federal prison until 1963. It slowly changed into a national recreational centre. Today, this island is known as a historic site. It has a national park which is part of the Golden Gate Recreational Area and is open to the visitors by a ferry ride from Pier 33, which is a fishermen’s wharf in San Francisco.

The prison with the most value in the world is the San Quentin State Prison and the value of this is estimated to be 80 to 100 million US dollars. The prison occupies about 275 acres in California. And finally the ADX Supermax is in Florence, Colorado. The prison is considered to be the most secure prison in the world.

These prisons are for people who commit crime, we have seen they have their own uniqueness. If all the prisons are like the most famous ones, then we might have more people committing crime. However, a lot of people are trying to escape from prisons. Prisons do have alarm systems installed at the gates and are guarded by tight security. Technology has improved so much that some security systems like ADT Security Systems have come up with advanced security systems that are highly reliable and the reaction time is almost instant, making the modern day prisons more secure than in the past.

Stuart Owens - About Author:
Stuart is a freelance writer and he likes to write on technology, entertainment, general ideas and home services. Security systems in prisons can be fortified with reliable security services available in the market like the ADT Security Systems.

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