10 Most Deadliest Prisons On Earth

10) Bang Kwang Prison Thailand Bang Kwang [Kwan] Prison is one of the most notorious prisons in the world All inmates are serving a sentence of at least 25 years, and those on death row are given just two hours notice before their execution

Up until recently, prisoners on death row spent their sentences with their ankles in shackles The prison is infested with cockroaches and, and prisoners are denied access to free medical care, despite tuberculosis and leprosy being rife Source: BBC 9) Rikers Island Prison New York, United States Rikers Island Prison has developed a notorious reputation for its neglect of prisoners and culture of abuse Rikers has a population of almost 10,000 inmates, 40% of whom suffer from mental illness In 2013 there were 129 reported cases in which prisoners were beaten so severely by prison guards that they were left needing emergency care

In 2012 prison guard Brian Coll was found guilty of killing a prisoner and attempting to cover it up, after he restrained mentally ill inmate Ronald Spear, before beating him to death One of the guards involved in the conspiracy still works at the prison Sources: NY Times/ NY Daily News 8) Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp Cuba US governed military prison Guantanamo Bay was established to detain extraordinarily dangerous people, many of whom are suspected terrorists

The extent of the sexual abuse and torture that Guantanamo Bay prisoners face has led the United Nations to call for its closure Released prisoner Majid [Ma jeed] Khan has described enduring interrogation techniques in which he spent days hung naked from a beam, with ice water repeatedly thrown on his genitals Khan also reported undergoing rectal feeding, where a meal of hummus and pasta was pureed and forced into his anus Source: The Guardian 7) IK-14 Russia Women's penal colony IK-14 came to international attention after Pussy Riot singer Nadezhda [Nah deys dah] Tolokonnikova [tol-o-koh-nih-koh-vah], described her time there She revealed that the colony’s female prisoners are forced into slave labor, working up to 17 hours a day, with just 3 hours sleep

Furthermore, prison authorities relied on inmates to administer punishment to fellow inmates Punishments included being forced to stand naked in -25 degree temperatures, or being punched in the kidneys During administration of one of these punishments, Tolokonnikova [tol-o-koh- nih-koh-vah] reported that a fellow inmate was beaten to death by a group of prisoners Source: Business Insider 6) ADX Florence Supermax Facility Colorado, United States Inmates in ADX-Florence Supermax Facility are deemed the most dangerous criminals in America’s federal prison system The Supermax Facility specializes in what has been described by former prisoner Garrett Linderman as the “brutality of isolation”

Inmates are kept in solitary confinement, in darkened soundproof cells, for 23 hours a day If taken out of their cells, prisoners must wear leg irons, handcuffs, and stomach chains, before being escorted The worst inmates are so cut off from the rest of humanity that they do not even come into contact with the guards Sources: Mother Jones/CNN 5) La Sabaneta Prison Venezuela La Sabaneta Prison in Venezuela is notorious for violence within the prison walls The prison is largely run by its armed inmates, who have access to assault rifles, hand grenades, and plastic explosives

The violence in the prison frequently explodes into riots, as it did in 1994 when 108 inmates died violently in a fire More recently in 2013 inmates were dismembered and even decapitated in a riot, after rival gangs clashed in an attempt to control the prison Sources: BBC/LA Times 4) Diyarbakir [Dee ah ba kir] Prison Turkey Referred to as “hell”, during the early to mid 1980s inmates at Diyarbakir [Dee ah bah kir] Prison were subjected to dehumanizing, brutal acts of torture and execution This was after a military coup in Turkey attempted to eliminate the political opposition posed by the Kurdish population Kurdish businessman Felat [Fee lat] Cemiloglu [Jemi lo glue] described being beaten in the mouth and forced to eat excrement

When he finally returned to his cell, Cemiloglu [Jemi lo glue] pulled out all of his teeth in an attempt to get rid of the taste Even as recently as 1996, crimes against humanity have occurred against Diyarbakir [Dee ah bah kir] prisoners Security forces invaded the prison and beat 10 inmates to death, injuring a further 46 Sources: Armenian Weekly/Pulitzer Center 3) Gitarama [G-tarama] Central Prison Rwanda Following the Rwandan genocide, Gitarama [Jee-tarama] Central Prison became the most crowded prison in the world Built to hold 400, the prison heaved with 7,000 suspected perpetrators of the Rwandan massacre

The overcrowding of the prison meant that many inmates were forced to stand barefoot, 24 hours a day, in the wet and dirty ground As a result, many prisoners had their legs, feet, or toes amputated, after the sores on their feet turned gangrenous The immense number of bodies in the prison was responsible for more than 1,000 prisoners dying from suffocation in a single year Source: The Independent 2) Camp 22 Camp 22 is North Korea’s largest concentration camp and one of the country’s most horrific secrets An estimated 50,000 prisoners are held here, for crimes including being critical of the regime, or holding certain religious beliefs

Prisoners are arrested along with three generations of their family, and the guards stamp on the necks of babies born into the camp Prisoners are routinely tortured They are hung upside down while being beaten, or forced to stand on their toes in a tank of water for 24 hours, in order to avoid drowning Source: The Guardian 1) Evin Prison Iran Iran’s notorious Evin prison holds so many political prisoners and intellectuals that it has been dubbed Evin University The prison contains cells so small that prisoners can’t even lie down

The horrors of Evin prison gained international coverage in 2009 Increasing reports revealed that the prison authorities systematically used rape on both male and female prisoners as a form of punishment In 2003 Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra [Zaah raa] Kazemi [Kay zemi] died while incarcerated, after she was arrested for taking photographs in front of the prison The Iranian government claimed that Kazemi [Kay zemi] died from a stroke, but the autopsy found evidence of torture, a fractured skull, and rape Sources: NPR/Guardian

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