Luxurious Prisons of the World

What is the real purpose of sending someone to prison? Make them suffer for the crime committed or resocialize them? In several countries around the world, prison conditions are beyond precarious, and the sentence to be served becomes a real-life nightmare. But did you know that not all prisons in the world are like that? Check out some penitentiaries that are not only comfortable but almost luxurious.

Bastoy Prison, Norway

Image Credits: Youtube/Északi Napló

Image Credits: Youtube/Északi Napló

This minimum security prison is located on the Norwegian island of Bastoy. The site houses just over 100 prisoners who live in small houses and work on the prison farm. There, inmates can enjoy sunbathing, tennis matches, fishing, country walks, and horseback riding.

Otago Corrections Facility, New Zealand

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Image Credits: Naylor Love/Paul McCredie

Otago Corrections Facility offers comfortable rooms to rehabilitate its prisoners, teaching them working skills as electrical technicians, as well as dairy farming and cooking classes. It's modern and very comfortable.

Leoben Justice Center, Austria

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Image Credits: Pinterest/Listverse

At the Leoben Justice Center, every prisoner stays in a cell. And each has a private bathroom and a small kitchen, as well as a TV. The building has a modern and impressive architecture, housing about 205 convicts. In the collective living area, a gym, basketball court, a library, and a very pleasant outdoor recreation area are available to the inmates.

Aranjuez Prison, Spain

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Rubén Moreno

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Rubén Moreno

Aranjuez prison, also known as Centro Penitenciario Madrid VI, in Spain is known as the best prison for families. Children born in prison can stay with their parents in a more comfortable cell with a double bed, cot, and a private bathroom. During the day, while the parents work or do professional activities in prison, the little ones attend the daycare center and local school.

Champ-Dollon Prison, Switzerland

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Image Credits: Département des constructions et des technologies de l’information (DCTI)

The Champ-Dollon prison has had problems related to overcrowding, and it was considered as the most overcrowded prison center in all of Europe. However, everything changed in 2008, when the government took action to reverse this situation and invested over 40 million dollars in building a new wing. Now, the cells have the capacity for three prisoners, being quite spacious and including a private bathroom.

JVA Fuhlsbuettel Prison, Germany

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/GeoTrinity

JVA Fuhlbuettel's prison was renovated and reopened in 2011. Currently, the cells are spacious, including a bed, sofa, closet, table, and a private bathroom. Prisoners can wash their clothes in a collective laundry with machines and also have access to a conference room.

Sollentuna Prison, Sweden

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Image Credits: Kriminalvarden

This prison in Sollentuna has cells with comfortable mattresses and private bathrooms. In the common area, prisoners can use a weight room, watch TV in a room with sofas, and prepare recipes in a fully equipped kitchen. In addition to that, the authorities in charge of the prison say that security cameras guard every square inch of the site.

Halden Prison, Norway

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Image Credits: Statsbygg/Trond Isakse

Referred to as the most humane and luxurious prison in the world, Halden is often described as peaceful and relaxing. In the recreational areas, there is a library, as well as a music recording studio and a climbing wall. Prisoners receive good food and hot coffee, and the cells have TVs, minibars, private bathrooms, and panoramic views of the surrounding forest.

Cereso Chetumal Prison, Mexico

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Image Credits: Facebook/El Tabano

Cereso Chetumal is a prison that is located in Mexico, and its base of detainees is considered to be extremely dangerous. In any case, when they need to fight each other, they are given a pair of boxing gloves and sent to the ring where the discussion is then ended in a few rounds. Also, they have comfortable accommodations to stay in.

Cebu Prison, Philippines

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Image Credits: Flickr/mycebuphotoblog

Cebu is a prison that also offers several entertainment services, which incorporates dance classes there. The dance classes are led by the inmates and often get posted on the internet. The facilities are also more comfortable than most prisons in the Philippines.

Pondok Prison Bamboo, Indonesia

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Image Credits: Getty Images/NurPhoto

This is a luxury prison for women that is located in Indonesia. It detains countless prisoners in the effort to resocialize them. For that, they have a magnificent beauty salon inside the prison and receive professionalizing classes.

Litla-Hraun Prison, Iceland

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Image Credits: Flickr/Halldór Páll Kjartansson

In this prison, 70% of the guards are women, and there are only 80 inmates. The food they eat is from a restaurant, and the prisoners receive a salary to "buy chocolates and cigarettes." In addition to that, they have a luxury gym, patio for leisure, and school to study computing and even the local language. Not bad.

HM Prison Berwyn, UK

Image Credits: Getty Images/Dan Kitwood

Image Credits: Getty Images/Dan Kitwood

HMP Berwyn is located in the United Kingdom and is the most comfortable prison ever that existed in the United Kingdom. Inmates here are given a phone, laptop, and shower in their cells. It can accommodate up to 2,100 prisoners. The laptops offered are used to order meals, organize visits, and make weekly purchases, in addition to other tasks related to studies.

HMP Addiewell, Scotland

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Image Credits: Pinterest/Daily Mirror

This is a designated learning prison located in the south of Scotland. The prison allocates each of its occupants 40 hours a week to build productive skills. The main purpose of the HMP Addiewell prison is to help prisoners return easily to civilian life in a more rewarding and purposeful manner. Here, all 700 inmates are in good hands.

Mahanoy State Correctional Institution, USA

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Image Credits: Pinterest/Snooky Ludington

The Mahanoy State Correctional Institution is an all-male prison located in Pennsylvania. Inside, convicted prisoners experience a huge variety of amenities, from recreational playing fields to lounge furniture. There, offenders have the possibility to work and learn many different skills.

As we can see, there are a number of interesting prisons in the world that offer good accommodation for inmates with lots of amenities. But one question remains: do these luxurious structures help or hinder resocialization and improve the behavior of detainees? We hope this is one step towards true prisoner rehabilitation. 

Sources: BastoyfengselCorrections, Atlas ObscuraTaipeitimes, Human Rights, Hamburg, The Guardian, NYTimes, WOWTravel, VICE, Justice, SPS, COR.

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