30 Interesting Facts about Prisons

26Bastøy Prison

Bastøy Prison is located on the Bastøy Island in Norway. The island’s only residents are severe criminals (murderers, child molesters, etc). The island is a popular weekend destination for families. The criminal community maintains lovely farms and ecology on the island.


27. In 1931, Sing Sing Correctional Facility established an intramural football team comprised of inmates. The program lasted roughly 4 years, created 2 NFL alumni, and revenue from ticket sales helped support prisoners' families.


28. Alcatraz had some of the best food in the federal prison system including chili dogs, butter-drenched potatoes, pork chops, biscuits, and gravy and banana pudding because the warden believed “most trouble in prison is caused by bad food.” The prison staff ate the same food as the prisoners.


29. There is a prison in Brazil that allows inmates to pedal stationary bicycles, providing electricity to a nearby city in exchange for reduced sentences.


30. ADX Florence, the highest security prison in the United States, is the only US federal supermax prison and houses, such high-profile inmates, that it is designed as much to prevent people from breaking out as it is to keep people from breaking in.

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