Diyarbakir Prison in southeastern Turkey was built in 1980. Since then
it has imprisoned many of that nation's most violent criminals which is
why it is one of the worst in the world. This prison is known for
dishing out not just physical torture to it's inmates but mental as
well. The are two sections within the facility; the E-Type which has a
capacity of 744 prisoners and the D-Type with a 688 capacity however
both currently hold more than it should.
La Sabeneta is located in Venezuela and is considered one of the world's
worst prisons. It is one of the most brutal correctional facilities in
South America which is why inmates want to leave as soon as they are
sent here. There are many diseases which run rampant inside and there is
little to no care given to the inmates. The combination of that and the
facility being understaffed causes many violent crimes to occur inside
ADX Florence Supermax Prison
The ADX Florence Supermax Prison is said to house the most dangerous
criminals in the United States. Located in Fremont County, Colorado it
has a population of just 439 inmates currently but has the tightest
security in the country. Many inmates here commit suicide due to the
complete isolation from everyone and everything including other inmates
as well as guards. The Alcatraz of the Rockies first opened its doors in
The Tadmor Prison is located in Tadmor which is in the desserts of Syria
200 kilometers from Damascus. The prison originally was meant to be a
military detention facility, however during the 1980's they began
housing all sorts of criminals inside. In 1980 President Hafez al-Assad
order the killing of all prisoners inside which left the death total
near 2,400. The prison was shut down in 2001 however its doors opened
back up in 2011.
The Carandiru Penitentiary is located in San Paulo, Brazil and first
opened in 1920. It did not house its first criminals until 1956 and
eventually closed down in 2002. In 1992 there was huge riot/massacre
which occurred inside of it where 111 prisoners were killed due to the
uprising. Among other major problems within this prison which held up to
8,000 inmates at a time was a huge AIDS epidemic, which is another
reason it was destroyed.
Camp 22 in North Korea may just be the worst prison in the entire world.
The political prison camp's official name is actually Kwan-li-so No. 22
and is completely isolated from the outside world. Prisoners and even
their families in some cases are held in lifelong detention here. There
are over 50,00o inmates inside of Camp 22.
Bang Kwang Central Prison
Bang Kwang Central Prison is located in the Nonthaburi Province of
Thailand which is about seven miles north of Bangkok. This men's-only
correctional facility is considered one of the worst prisons in the Far
East. It's over crowded population and understaffed officers makeup much
of the reason why it is one of the worst places in the world. This jail
houses several foreign prisoners as well as inmates who awaiting to be
put to death.
El Rodeo Prison is located in Guatire, Venezuela and is considered the
country's worst inmate holding facility as well as one of the worst in
the world. There are approximately 50,000 prisoners living inside of
this maximum security facility. In 2011 there was a huge gang war which
broke out that required the help from armed forces to end. This truly a
prison that makes people never want to return if they are lucky enough
to be released.
Gitarama Central Prison
Gitarama Central Prison is located in Rwanda and known around the world
as one of the worst prisons to be inside of. The conditions here are so
bad that some prisoners resort to eating each others flesh just to stay
alive themselves. Many prisoners who have been incarcerated in it
describe it as 'hell on earth' which speaks volumes for its conditions.
It was originally designed to house just 400 prisoners however for
whatever reason the population jumped to nearly 7,000 in the 1990's
Rikers Island Prison
Rikers Island is New York City's major prison complex and holds some of
the United States' fiercest criminals. The prison literally sits on an
island in between the boroughs of Queens and the Bronox and is adjacent
to the runways of LaGuardia Airport. Rikers Island is commonly referred
to as "The Island" by New Yorkers and is known to have some of the most
brutal guards in the country working within it. This is another reason
why this is one of the world's most dangerous prisons.
San Juan de Lurigancho
Located in Lima, Peru, San Juan de Lurigancho is known by many as the
toughest prison in South America. The prison has quite the
over-population problem as it was constructed to hold just 2,500
prisoners but houses over 7,000 inmates to date. The environment inside
is very lax which means all sorts of crimes occur including selling of
drugs, rape and murder. The fact that the guards aren't truly attentive
to what is going on makes this one of the world's worst prisons.
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin is not only California's oldest state prison but it is also
one of the most dangerous. It first opened in 1852 and currently it is
the largest U.S. holding facility for male death row inmates. There is a
gas chamber still inside of the prison but since 1996 all of its death
row inmates have been given lethal injections. It's current population
is just under 4,000 inmates.
Alcatraz may just be the most famous prison in the entire world but it
is also one of the worst to have ever held inmates captive. Located in
San Francisco, California, "The Rock" as it was commonly referred to
opened as a federal correctional facility in 1933 and closed its doors a
jail in 1963.
La Sante prison is located in Paris, France and first opened in 1867.
During World War II the prison held common criminals as well as war
criminals. La Sante contains just as many if not more pests such as rats
and lice then it does inmates. These conditions make it a terrible
place to be held captive which is why every year several inmates commit
Stanley Prison in Hong Kong holds some of that nation's most brutal and
violent offenders. It was built in 1937 and is a maximum security
facility, one of six in Hong Kong. This prison allows the death penalty
and more than 600 prisoners have been executed since they opened their
doors nearly seven decades ago. It's population generally tends to stay
around the 3,000 inmate mark.
Petak Island Prison
Known as the Alcatraz of Russia, Petak Island Prison is a living hell.
Each inmate is locked inside of a maximum security cell for most of the
day where they have complete isolation from other prisoners and guards
as well. many of the inmates here die due to the freezing temperatures
from the nearby water and falling snow. The prison is isolated by
Russia's White Lake and is known to hold some of the nation's most
Butyrka Prison is located in Moscow, Russia and is a very dangerous
place. The overcrowding inside of this jail is so rampant that there are
at times 100 prisoners placed inside of a cell which was only intended
to hold 10. Diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis are extremely common.
It is known as the largest prison in Russia and at one time held in
excess to 20,000 prisoners.
Camp 1931 is a high risk Israel Defense Forces prison camp located in
northern Israel. This prison wasn't even known of by the majority of the
world until 2003. It is less than an hour away from Tel Aviv and is
regarded as one of the most dangerous jails in the world. Most of its
prisoners and contents remain classified even though the world now knows
about this maximum security prison.
Kamiti Maximum Security Prison
The Kamiti Maximum Security Prison is located in Nairobi, Kenya and is a
very rough place to be imprisoned. There have long been rumors and
complaints that sodomy and inmates being beaten to death occurs on a
daily basis within these walls. There are also epidemics of
malnutrition, cholera, and ulcers which are all part of everyday life
here. Many of the inmates here are political prisoners which means that
there are no holds barred when it comes to what goes on inside.
Attica Correctional Facility
Attica Correctional Facility is located in New York and is one of the
worst prisons in the world. It is a maximum security level prison which
detains many violent offenders. It was constructed in 1930 and and since
then there have been several riots which have occurred there. In 1971
there was a huge riot which took place where the 2,200 inmates overtook
the 33 staff members that worked there.