Number of inmates: ~10,000 (capacity ~15,000) Who’s in charge: Evelyn A. Mirabal, chief; Dora Schriro, commissioner, of the New York City Department of Corrections The basics: When it comes to ignominies, New York City’s island jail complex has it all: inmate violence, staff brutality, rape, abuse of adolescents and the mentally ill, and one of the nation’s highest rates of solitary confinement.
The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary or United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island (often just referred to as Alcatraz or the Rock) was a maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) off the coast of San Francisco, California, which operated from August 11, 1934, until March 21, 1963.
La Santé Prison (literally meaning Prison of the Health) (French: Maison d'arrêt de la Santé or Prison de la Santé) is a prison operated by the Ministry of Justice located in the east of the Montparnasse district of the 14th arrondissement in Paris, France at 42 Rue de la Santé.
La Sabaneta As with most prisons around the world, Venezuela’s most notorious correctional facility suffers from overpopulation. Originally built to house 700 inmates, La Sabaneta is now home to 3,700 prisoners who are guarded by a measly 40 prison guards.
The São Paulo prison is, unfortunately, best remembered for the 1992 Carandiru massacre. The incident was sparked by inmate revolt, and police made little to no effort to negotiate with prisoners. Military police were eventually sent to the facility, as prison guards were unable to control the situation.