26 Most Brutal Prisons In The World

ADX Florence Supermax
Prison, Colorado

The United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) is an American federal supermax prison for male inmates located in Fremont County, Colorado

Alcatraz, San Francisco,

The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963.

Attica Correctional
Facility, New York

The Attica Correctional Facility is a maximum security/supermax New York State prison in the town of Attica, New York

Bang Kwang Prison,

The prison houses many foreign prisoners. It is a harsh prison that handles death row and long-sentence prisoners. All prisoners are required to wear leg irons for the first three months of their sentences.

Black Beach Prison,
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Black Beach (Spanish: Playa Negra), located on the island of Bioko, in the capital city of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, is one of Africa’s most notorious prisons.

Butyrka Prison,
Moscow, Russia

is a prison in the Tverskoy District of central Moscow, Russia. It was the central transit prison in Tsarist Imperial Russia.

Camp 22, North Korea

Hoeryong concentration camp (or Haengyong concentration camp) was a prison camp in North Korea that was reported to have been closed in 2012

Camp 1391, Northern

Camp 1391 or Unit 1391 or Facility 1391 was an Israel Defense Forces prison camp in northern Israel for “high-risk” prisoners.

Carandiru Prison,

The prison was designed and built by Samuel das Neves in 1920, when it was considered a model-prison to meet the new demands of the 1890 criminal code.

Diyarbakır Prison,

It was established in 1980 as an E-type prison by the Ministry of Justice. After the September 12, 1980 Turkish coup d’état, the facility was transferred to military administration and became a Martial Law Military Prison

El Rodeo, Guatire,

On 20 August 2012, armed prisoners in the Yare I prison complex, an overcrowded Venezuelan prison in Miranda state near Caracas, rioted.

Ghezel Hesar
prison Iran

Ghezel Hesar prison is the largest state prison in Iran. As of 2011 it was holding about 20,000 prisoners, of which 13,000 were held on drug-related charges – said to be four times its planned capacity.

Gitarama Central
Prison, Rwanda

Gikondo Prison or Kigali City Prison is a prison in Kigali, Rwanda. It was built in the 1930s, was only intended originally to house a few thousand inmates.

Gldani Prison,
Tbilisi, Georgia

The Gldani prison scandal was a political scandal in the country of Georgia involving the recorded abuse of inmates in the Georgian prison system.

Kamiti Maximum Security
Prison, Nairobi, Kenya

Kamiti Maximum Security Prison is a prison in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located in the agricultural district of Kiambu. Originally named “Kamiti Downs”, it sits in the middle of its own 490-hectare (1,200-acre) estates which lie fallow and untended.

La Sabaneta, Venezuela

The Maracaibo National Prison (Sabaneta Prison) was a notoriously violent prison in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela in the state of Zulia.

La Sante, Paris

La Santé Prison (literally meaning Prison of the Health) (French: Maison d’arrêt de la Santé or Prison de la Santé) is a prison operated by the Ministry of Justice located in the east of the Montparnasse district of the 14th arrondissement in Paris, France at 42 Rue de la Santé. It is one of the most infamous prisons in France, with both VIP and high security wings.

Montelupich Prison,
Cracow, Germany

The building housing the prison was not originally constructed for its purpose, but instead, was a historical property that was redecorated in the Italianate Renaissance style in 1556 by the Italian Montelupi family who introduced the first postal service in Poland for the court of Sigismund III Vasa.

Nairobi Prison, Kenya

Kamiti Maximum Security Prison is a prison in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located in the agricultural district of Kiambu. Originally named “Kamiti Downs”, it sits in the middle of its own 490-hectare (1,200-acre) estates which lie fallow and untended.

Petak Island Prison,
White Lake Russia

It hosts a high security prison for formerly condemned and other dangerous inmates called Vologodskiy Pyatak or simply Pyatak

Rikers Island
Prison, New York

The jail complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction, has a budget of $860 million a year, a staff of 9,000 officers and 1,500 civilians managing 100,000 admissions per year and an average daily population of 10,000 inmates.

San Juan de
Lurigancho, Lima, Peru

San Juan de Lurigancho (SJL) is a district in Lima, Peru, located in the area known as Cono Este. It is Peru’s most populous district, with a current population that may have exceeded one million.

San Quentin
Prison, California

The state’s only death row for male inmates, the largest in the United States, is located at the prison.

Stanley Prison,
Hong Kong

Built in 1937, Stanley Prison is currently the oldest institution still in service (the oldest prison built in Hong Kong was Victoria Prison, which ceased operation on 24 December 2005

Tadmor Military
Prison, Syria

was located in Tadmur (known as Palmyra in English) in the deserts of eastern Syria approximately 200 kilometers northeast of Damascus

Vladimir Central
Prison, Russia

Vladimir Prison, popularly known as Vladimir Central (Russian: Владимирский централ), is a prison in Vladimir, Russia. It is the largest prison in Russia, with a capacity of 1220 detainees, and is operated by the Federal Penitentiary Service as a maximum-security prison with most inmates serving a minimum of ten years to life sentences.

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