Saturday, 20 August 2011

Top 10 World's Notorious Prisons

Alcatraz in United States, Devil’s Island in France, Tower of London and Hoa Lo in Vietnam are some of the top 10 notorious prisons around the world in terms of illustrious inmates, barbaric treatment of prisoners, or daring escape attempts.

Alcatraz is the most infamous prison in the U.S. with some of the most notorious criminals of the time including Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. Alcatraz prison is located in a large rocky island and surrounding is freezing water of San Francisco Bay so that the escape from this prison is difficult to achieve. Of the 36 prisoners attempted to escape, 23 people were arrested again, 6 people were shot or killed, and 2 drowned. The rest 5 were never seen again and it is thought that they might be sunk and there is no sign to recover their bodies.

                                                       Alcatraz in United States

 Devil’s Island in France, one of famous prisons of all time is a dumping ground for all kinds of prisons with a range of tortures

Maison des Esclaves prison located on the island of Goree Senegal was a place that held African slaves. Today, the Maison des Esclaves become a museum to help African-Americans find their roots

                                                Robben Island in South Africa

Port Arthur became the place of Australia’s deadliest gun massacre when a single shooter opened fire on visitors, killing 35 people in 1996

Now Tower of London is home to the British Crown Jewels but before it was reputedly the most haunted house in Britain

 From 1634 to the late 19th century, Chateau d'If in France was a penal colony that held political and religious prisoners. At that time, prisoners with wealth or class are treated better. The prison is currently one of the most famous prisons in the world

                                                       Elmina Castle in Ghana

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia is a widely notorious prison in which thousands of people were tortured

Hoa Lo Prison or Hanoi Hilton Vietnam was originally built by the French to house Vietnamese political prisoners. Today, Hoa Lo is only a small corner as a place for tourists to visit; the rest are commercial buildings

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