Which prison is the most dangerous in the world?
Though it was in past but I still consider this one as the most dangerous prison ever existed.
MONGOLIAN DEATH COFFINS : MONGOLIA
This cruel method was practiced prior to 1920 was implemented on Mongolian prisoners who were facing death sentences.
In this method, the prisoner was confined to a 3*4 foot wooden coffins for years. These boxes were kept in the prison of Urga,Mongolia within dark dungeons surrounded by the 15-foot high stockade of sharpened timbers.
Prisoners were given food through the 6-inch hole in their boxes and their filth was washed in every 2 or 3 weeks. Just imagine how can any person stay around his own filth unable to move his hands and body.
These cells did not allow prisoners to fully sit and lie down and also their hands were handcuffed. Many prisoners were frozen to death when the temperature got below zero.
From physical abuse and disease, to severe overcrowding and gang violence, the following are the most terrifying prisons in the world.
Sabaneta Prison, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Given that Venezuela has the world’s second highest homicide rate, it’s probably no surprise that Venezuelan prisons are considered to be some of the most violent in the world. Humberto Prado, director of the Venezuelan Prison Observatory, states that 80 percent of Venezuelan prisons are actually run by armed inmates.
Of those inmates, more than 3,700 of Venezuela’s most violent ones are packed like sardines into Sabaneta, a prison built to house no more than 700.
As you’d guess, the prison is filthy, dangerous, overcrowded, and neglected. And with a prisoner-to-guard ratio of about 150:1, maintaining order is extremely difficult.
The prisoners, of course, maintain their own kind of order, in the form of a rigid, gang-controlled hierarchy. Poor, low-status inmates are forced to pay the more powerful inmates just to secure a place to sleep, and if they want water, many prisoners must drink straight from corroded bathroom pipes.
As a result of such abhorrent abuse, riots have broken out time and time again in the prison’s bloodstained history. In 1994, 108 prisoners were killed in a particularly brutal riot that left the prison scorched black. In 2013, 16 inmates were killed during a riot.
The perpetual war between rival gangs led to the beheading and gruesome dismemberment of several victims, and a follow-up raid found a large stockpile of assault rifles, grenades, and even endangered animals, which belonged to the “pran,” the leaders of the prison hierarchy.
In the words of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Sabaneta is “the gateway to the fifth circle of hell.”
Rikers Island, New York, NY
The third largest jail facility in the United States, Rikers Island holds local offenders with short sentences (one year or less), those awaiting trial, and those awaiting transfer.
You might not think that a facility with such relatively low-grade offenders would be one of the worst prisons on Earth, but you’d be wrong.
Rikers Island has a notorious record of systematic abuse. Perhaps even more so than the rampant gang violence, inmates often live in abject terror of abusive correctional officers, and rightly so: In 2009, The New York Times reported that there had been at least seven lawsuits filed against the Department of Corrections for guard-sanctioned inmate vs. inmate violence.
In one such case, a guard allegedly ordered six prisoners to brutally beat two inmates, one of whom was hospitalized with a collapsed lung.
The New York Times also reported that during an 11-month period in 2013, about 129 inmates had sustained serious injuries at the hands of guards.
These were no scrapes: The injuries included bone fractures, deep wounds that required stitching, and severe head injuries. Adding unpleasantness is the fact that 77 percent of those who suffered serious injury in guard altercations had already been diagnosed with a mental illness.
Kalief Browder. Image Source: YouTube
Kalief Browder [pictured above], for example, was just 16 years old when he was arrested for second-degree robbery. He was unable to make his $3,500 bail but maintained his innocence while he awaited trial at Rikers.
For three years (two of which were spent in solitary confinement and administrative segregation), Browder was victimized by both correctional officers and fellow inmates before his case was dismissed and Browder was released.
To reiterate: Browder suffered three long years of abuse and mental anguish, waiting for a case that was then dismissed anyway.
While in solitary confinement, Browder attempted to kill himself on multiple occasions — a heinous side-effect of not only the mental torture of solitary confinement, but also of the incessant abuse Browder endured. In the following video surveillance footage, Browder is assaulted by a guard and then beaten by multiple inmates:
In June of 2015, Browder hung himself. The press coverage around Browder’s case, along with several other cases involving allegations of rape, sexual assault, abuse, and negligence at Rikers, became the catalyst for several reforms of the New York City criminal justice system.
Bang Kwang Prison, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bang Kwang Prison, jokingly known as the “Bangkok Hilton,” is a severely overcrowded — and underfunded — maximum-security facility that houses both local and foreign prisoners. It has a reputation worldwide for being one of the very worst prisons due to extraordinarily unfair sentencing and inmate abuse.
Built in the 1930s, the prison was originally supposed to hold no more than 3,500 inmates, but now houses more than 8,000, with most serving sentences of at least 25 years. Around 10 percent of those prisoners are on death row, and each death row inmate has shackles welded to their legs.
Shackles, in fact, are a form of classification: New prisoners must always wear shackles for the first three months.
Top right and bottom right: Firing squad execution ended in 2012 and has been replaced with lethal injection. Bottom left: Monk grants death row inmates final prayers. Image Source: YouTube
Only one meal — a bowl of rice and soup — is served each day; other food must be purchased through the canteen, although the poor prisoners have to work for the wealthier prisoners in order to afford the canteen’s goods. In the case of Angela Carnegie (an American who spent nine years in Bang Kwang for drug smuggling), the only meal offered to her was usually infested with maggots.
Likewise, Judith Payne recalls the rat-infested floors of Bang Kwang as well as the first night of her incarceration, during which she was attacked by prisoners who tried to steal her diamond earrings.
Payne often observed guards beating mentally ill and elderly prisoners with sticks, and at one time, witnessed a pregnant woman endure the same abuse.
Most prisoners are malnourished and often diseased, thanks to the lack of running water and the terrible sewage system, which sends toxic fumes into the prison and creates a myriad of health issues that are only exacerbated by the overcrowding.
Guards hire prisoners, called “blue boys” (above), to exercise control over other prisoners. Image Source: YouTube
Perhaps the scariest aspect of the prison is how easy it is to end up there for decades, even if it’s not warranted. UK native Jonathan Wheeler was sentenced to Bang Kwang for smuggling heroin and was sentenced to 50 years. Meanwhile, a local who was arrested for shooting and butchering his wife was released after only 11 years. In Wheeler’s words: “Life is so cheap there that drug sentences are worse than murder.”
Petak Island Prison, Vologda, Russia
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Often referred to as the “Alcatraz of Russia,” Petak Island holds Russia’s most dangerous criminals. Aside from the mental torture of 22.5-hour-a-day lockdowns in two-man rooms, most prisoners are allowed just two visitors per year. And that’s all the inmates can ever hope for, as the prison itself is hopelessly inescapable, surrounded by the freezing waters of White Lake.
In the words of one-time head guard Vasily Smirnoff: “If they dig they hit water. If they try to swim the guards will shoot them.”
“This place destroys people,” said prison psychologist Svetlana Kiselyova. “The first nine months or so they spend adapting. After three or four years, their personalities begin to deteriorate. There is no way anyone can spend 25 years in a place like this without being psychologically destroyed.”
One inmate summarized Petak Island’s hopelessness when he told The Telegraph: “This is the worst. There are no lavatories, no proper washing facilities and you spend your whole life in a cell. When I came here I told my wife to get a divorce. She cried a little and we’ve never seen each other since.”
In that same report, another inmate, Vladimir, said simply, “I’ve made this room my home. One day it will be my mausoleum.”
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That kind of isolation becomes even worse if an inmate doesn’t follow the rules. They are then locked in a small, dark room for 15 days with a metal bucket and a wooden perch to sit on.
In addition to the sheer isolation of Petak Island, inmates have limited access to basic facilities like bathrooms, which is a major contributor to the fact that half of the inmates have tuberculosis. During the hour and a half of outdoor excursions allowed each day, prisoners are confined to a small outdoor cage, just big enough to stand and pace back and forth in.
Petak Island — particularly brutal even among the worst prisons on Earth — may keep inmates safe from the violence, rape, and abuse that often occur in less secure prisons, but the psychological anguish suffered there is enough to break even the most hardened criminals.
USP Florence ADMAX, Florence, Colorado
USP Florence ADMAX houses the most violent criminals in America, and has the strictest security measures of any American prison. Designed to control the most uncontrollable criminals, Florence’s high-profile inmates are considered too dangerous for any other maximum-security prison. Its design has, so far, proven to be impenetrable.
Notorious gang leaders, foreign terrorists, and domestic terrorists have all spent time at Florence. With such powerful criminals caged within its walls, the prison needs to be secure against escape while also ensuring no intrusion missions are able to break prisoners out.
To this end, the prison is designed so that inmates never know their actual whereabouts within the facility; a small four-inch by four-feet slit of a window is their only source of natural light.
I cannot answer this one because it would not be in my country Australia. I would only guess that somewhere in a third world country, or what about Siberia ? It would not be America either. Interesting.
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