No prison is safe, but some of the prisons around the world are so dangerous, they would even make Chuck Norris pee his pants. Even with the closing of North Korea's Camp 22, long considered the most horrendous jail on the planet, the list of runner-ups still deserves honorable mention. Although unconfirmed, there are rumors that half of the labor-intensive penal colony's political prisoners died due of the severe conditions at the North Korean camp. After the incident, they transferred the remaining detainees to another labor camp. A former employee of the camp, testifying under a false name, detailed human experimentation and other unmentionable forms of torture of men, women, and children at the camp outside the city Haengyong. Accounts and observers at these correctional facilities have reported years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of other inmates, as well as the guards. All these prisons are overcrowded. Most are dirty, unsanitary, placing prisoners in deplorable living conditions. Sure, no one expects prison to be the Ritz-Carlton or Hilton, but these particular prisons are the very definition of hell on earth. It's easy to think, "They committed a crime, now they have to do the time." However, they are still human beings. Consider that many of the men, women, and children locked away in these wretched buildings are not all convicted criminals. Many are awaiting trial and many will never see a trial or their freedom again. Children are not criminals, but in some countries, prison colonies include the spouse and children of the prisoner.The prisoners at Rikers in the U.S. are pretrial or serving short sentences. Anyone held in Venezuela, Syria, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Thailand, Rwanda, and Benin prisons are pretrial, convicted felons, or political prisoners.
10 Rikers Island New York, NY
9 La Sante Prison, Paris, France
8 Petak Island Prison, Russia
7 7. Bang Kwang Prison, Thailand
6 La Sabaneta Prison, Venezuela
5 Diyarbakir Prison, Turkey
4 Gldani Prison, Georgia
3 Contonou Civil Prison, Benin
2 Tadmor Prison, Syria
1 Gitarama Central Prison, Rwanda
Rwanda knows horror. Twenty years after the genocidal war tore apart the country; horror is still alive in the Gitarama Central Prison. Overcrowded, underfunded, prisoners that aren't beat to death die of disease or starvation. Desperate to survive, some Gitarama inmates kill and eat other inmates. As unbelievable as it sounds, basic primal instinct and survival of the fittest has taken over. There are no cells, and many are forced to sleep underneath beds, on the open floors, and in corridors. Built for 500, the prison holds more than five times that many on average.
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