The world that we live in is no doubt, a dangerous place, with violence happening all over. But there is another brutal world within this world, which you have never heard of and that’s ‘Prison.’ Prisons are where the most notorious criminals reside and fight with one another to survive. These criminals are locked in because they are a threat to the society, but inside these prisons, they continue being violent and brutal with other weaker inmates.
When all rotten apples are put in one place, then it stinks bad and that’s exactly why these prisons turn brutal and violent. They are supposed to reform these people and change their life. But instead, it becomes worse, it’s like ‘jumping from the fire into the frying pan.’
25. Stanley Prison, Hong Kong
Out of the six maximum security facilities in Hong Kong, this was built in 1937 and was very popular for execution before the Hong Kong government erased the capital punishment in 1990. This was one of the most brutal prisons during the Japanese occupancy when almost 600 prisoners were tortured and executed.
24. Attica Correctional Facility, New York
This was built in 1930 and housed the most dangerous criminals in the world. After the four-day prison riots in 1971, it lost its credibility, when prisoners started demanding their political rights and better living conditions. 39 inmates and 10 guards were killed in this riot after 2200 prisoners rebelled.
23. Montelupich Prison, Cracow, Germany
This is one of the worst Nazi prisons in Poland, during World War II which you’ve never heard, housing political prisoners, victims of the Gestapo street raids, deserters, along with British and Soviet spies. Their principal interrogation method was ’medieval torture’ which they applied on 50,000 prisoners. Later on, it became a Soviet prison after WW II, where Polish soldiers from the Home Army were murdered and tortured by the NKVD.
22. Camp 1391, Northern Israel
An hour drive from Tel Aviv is Camp 1391, an Israel Defense Forces prison camp for “high-risk” prisoners in northern Israel, run by Unit 504. The existence of this prison was never heard till 2003, as it was highly classified.
21. Vladimir Central Prison, Russia
One of the most brutal prisons never heard of, was built in 1783 which housed political prisoners in the Soviet Union span. Now this prison is turned disease infested by abusing the overcrowded prisoners sadistically, resulting in the deaths of many. They are also made to beat one another.
20. Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Nairobi, Kenya
The most notorious prison on a 1200 acre land because of its filth and meanness treatment on the prisoners. It houses mostly political prisoners but is renowned for its sodomy, beating of inmates to death, and epidemics where malnutrition, cholera, and ulcers are normal affairs.
19. Butyrka Prison, Moscow, Russia
This Moscow prison is renowned for its brutality. At the time of the Great Purge, it held 20,000 prisoners and most of them got executed after investigations. Whenever the inmates protested, the jail authorities utilized violence against them. A cell meant for 10 people is overcrowded with 100 people, many suffering with AIDS and tuberculosis.
18. Nairobi Prison, Kenya
This prison was built in 1911 to house only 800 prisoners, but by 2003 it touched 3000. It is one of the most congested prisons in the world. The general living conditions, hygiene, and sanitation is very bad making it a struggle for anyone to remain healthy, with cells stinking with sweat, human waste, and garbage hanging in the air.
17. Black Beach Prison, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
This prison has committed all human right offenses and is infamous for its guard brutality, malnutrition, overcrowding, and rat infestations. Prisoners dying from chronic diseases is a common sight or they simply disappear. Inmates are gripped with the fear of torture and prolonged beatings, resulting in deaths.
16. Petak Island Prison, White Lake Russia
This is Russia’s Alcatraz prison you have never heard of, built to house the most dangerous prisoners. They are restricted to living in cages, totally isolated with no toilets or provision for washing. The prisoners get psychologically shattered and deteriorate with all the freezing cold water and snow surrounding them.
15. San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima, Peru
One of the toughest prisons in South America, housing 7,000 prisoners and has a luxurious atmosphere, where inmates can sell anything from gadgets, DVD to drugs. Cockfighting is a common view with visits from prostitutes known as ‘nurses.’ Prisoners are not caged up and they wander around the facility, committing murder and other acts of violence. Only the strongest survive here.
14. Rikers Island Prison, New York
One of America’s most notorious prisons, popular for beatings, stabbings, and brutal treatment by the guards and from inmates who were deployed as ‘enforcers’ by the guards. A breeding ground for violence and cruel treatment of mentally ill prisoners, who often commit suicide.
13. San Quentin Prison, California
This prison built in 1930, confined both male and female prisoners and has the largest death row for male inmates in the world. An interracial riot was a common sight which is mostly triggered by the guards because of the corruption inside the prison.
12. Gldani Prison, Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia has the lowest crime rate in Europe and this prison having a zero-tolerance approach towards the inmates, comes at the expense of tuberculosis epidemics, savage treatment of inmates, and violent sexual assaults with diseases never heard before.
11. La Sante, Paris
Though, La Sante means ‘health,’ but it’s very unhealthy for prisoners’ mental and physical well-being as they are forced to live with rats and lice in dreadful conditions with the concrete cells overcrowded. People lose their sanity and commit suicide in this hellhole of torture and violence.
10. Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
Popularly known as ‘The Rock’ or ‘Devil’s Island’ built in the 1920s from where escape was impossible. Prisoners were exposed to abusive and arrogant guards who imposed complete silence, as prisoners weren’t allowed to converse with each other nor show their emotions.
9. Gitarama Central Prison, Rwanda
This is a copy of hell, where prisoners are destined to eat, sleep, live, rot, and die squeezed together with four men per square yard in their roofless cell. Prisoners all stand cramped together with dysentery and despair, under all weather conditions, choked with the smoke of cooking fires, and suffering from gangrene. In utter desperation, they are sometimes compelled to eat each other’s flesh.
8. Diyarbakır Prison, Turkey
One of the most sadistic and forbidding penal institutions in the world, which you have never heard before, having the greatest number of human rights violations per prisoner. It gained notoriety for its unlivable conditions, sexual abuse of inmates, physical and mental torture, and its unlivable conditions. Prisoners have attempted hunger strikes, committed suicide, and even set themselves on fire to escape their brutal treatment.
7. ADX Florence Supermax Prison, Colorado
This prison never heard earlier, was created in regard to all those attacks committed against the guards and staff of other prisons in America. Here they are made to live in isolation away from the staff, with nowhere to go, due to which many suffer from psychological torture, leading some to commit suicide.
6. El Rodeo, Guatire, Venezuela
When Hugo Chavez was the president, crime rates rose and clogged the Venezuelan prisons with 50,000 prisoners, two-thirds of which were still awaiting sentencing. On June 12, 2011, a visitors day at El Rodeo burst into a massacre between rival gangs and resulted in a siege that lasted for an entire month.
5. La Sabaneta, Venezuela
This is one of the most brutal penal facilities in South America, where violence is a daily event. This jail is loathed with never heard diseases, insufficient food, lack of medical services, and with underpaid staff, inmates are left to fend for themselves and killing to survive is the only way out.
4. Bang Kwang Prison, Thailand
The famous ‘Bangkok Hilton’ is the most violent prison in all of Thailand and it houses many foreign prisoners, with many of them on death row. It is known for being overcrowded, understaffed, and having pathetic living conditions.
3. Tadmor Military Prison, Syria
This was designed to dehumanize its residents and got more infamous in June 1980 when President Hafez al-Assad ordered the killings of all prisoners as retaliation for the attempted assassination on his life by the Muslim Brotherhood. Almost 800 to 2,400 inmates were killed in the clean-up massacre that lasted for 2 weeks.
2. Carandiru Prison, Brazil
Many inmates were executed due to the riots triggered within the jail in 1992, resulting in the most gruesome deaths of 1,300 prisoners. Finally, it closed down in 2002 due to the campaigns of Amnesty International amidst reports of gross human rights violations that the Brazilian government couldn’t answer.
1. Camp 22, North Korea
The notorious Hoeryong Concentration Camp an isolated prison for political prisoners and has been in operation since 1965. A huge compound holding 50,000 prisoners, with almost three generations of dissident families that were imprisoned, just to completely remove them from the ‘roots.’ Over here inmates have to go through extreme torture and human experimentation, where they are used as lab rats for biological weapons like anthrax, bomb testing, and other brutalities.