Which countries have the softest prisons?

Prisoners have been housed on the smallest island in the Tuscan Archipelago since 1869. The paradisiacal place is very popular. Those who serve their sentences here can spend a lot of time outside and earn money for a new start working on the farm, in the vineyard or in the cheese dairy.

The luxury prison par excellence is located in Styria. The Leoben Prison offers spacious sports facilities, fitness rooms and cozy rooms for couples as well as computer and language courses. It has space for 205 petty criminals (sentence up to 18 months). "You stay here voluntarily," even the inmates say.

The most famous detention center in the world - known from the film "The Rock" - is located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The many nesting sites of the pelicans (Spanish: Alcatraz) gave the former prison island (1934-1963), which is now a popular tourist attraction, its name.

4. Maison d'Arrêt, Monaco

The Monegasque prison is located in one of the most exclusive locations in the principality: directly above the sea. The so-called "Maison d'Arrêt" can accommodate up to 80 prisoners. Including white-collar criminals, fraudsters and tricksters. A specially committed tai chi teacher is supposed to take care of their wellbeing. Nevertheless, Monaco has the lowest crime rate in the world.

5. Robben Island, South Africa

The Unesco World Heritage Site now only serves as a museum. From the 17th to the 20th century, however, it was a place of captivity and isolation. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life here. The island is not far from the southern coast of South Africa.

Halden prison south of Oslo has been in operation since 2010 and can accommodate 252 prisoners. It is considered the most humane prison in the world. The institution is designed as a village, inmates live in small log huts with their own bathroom, flat screen TV and windows without bars. There is a music studio, a fitness room, sports halls and a soccer field on the premises.

7. Ilha Grande, Brazil

Perhaps the most beautiful prison in the world was once located around 160 kilometers west of Rio, on the Ilha Grande. The former prison island is now a national park that is overgrown with dense rainforest and inhabited by rare animals. The prison grounds became an eerie ghost town that tourists can enter.

In the middle of the picturesque old town of Chur, the Sennhof was built in 1603 and initially used as a residential building and as an industrial company. In 1817, the young canton of Graubünden acquired the property and the building and converted it into a breeding facility. In 1934 the Sennhof was extensively expanded and now houses a maximum of 73 criminals.

9. San Quentin, California

Beautifully located on California's coast is one of the most brutal places in the United States - the San Quentin State Prison. Thousands of prisoners live in the chronically overcrowded state prison with the notorious death row ("Death Row"). Lethal injection has been used here for execution since 1996.

10. Overloon, Netherlands

De Maasberg juvenile detention center was designed by the Eindhoven architects UArchitects. Moving freely between prison and workplaces is part of the concept here and is intended to help inmates regain a foothold in civil life as quickly as possible.

11. Grossbeeren, Germany

With the JVA “Heidering”, Berlin has had an ultra-modern prison since January 2013. The new building, costing 120 million euros, designed by the Austrian architect Josef Hohensinn has a capacity of almost 650 cells. The main attractions of the bright facility are a 260-meter-long corridor, the so-called Justice Magistrale and the artificial turf pitches.

Published: January 14th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Last updated: May 28, 2019, 4:24 pm