The United States Disciplinary Barracks, Pacific Branch on Alcatraz was acquired by the United States Department of Justice on October 12, 1933, and the island became a prison of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in August 1934 after the buildings were modernized to meet the requirements of a top-notch security prison.
La Santé Much has been written about the Parisian Prison of Good Health, none of it good. Veronique Vasseur, the prison physician, wrote a book in 2000 denouncing the horrible conditions of the penitentiary, where depression and suicide are extremely common; so much that prisoners with no other means have swallowed drain cleaner as a way to relieve the pain of life.
Diyarbakir Prison Americans got their first exposure to Turkish prisons with the film Midnight Express, but the movie fell short of reality in its portrayal of the prison horrors in the country. Diyarbakir is notorious for its use of torture on inmates, children sentenced to life, sewage-flooded hallways, overcrowding and murder.
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.
Tadmor is renowned as one of the worst prisons in the world, and its reputation of abuse, torture and neglect has caused much concern for human rights activists. Throughout the 1980’s, Tadmor Prison held thousands of political and civilian Syrian prisoners, and are known to have inflicted a great amount of suffering on these inmates.
During its peak, Carandiru was South America's largest prison, holding over 8,000 prisoners. It opened in 1920 in response to the demands of the 1890 criminal code, and was considered to be a model prison at the time. The São Paulo prison is, unfortunately, best remembered for the 1992 Carandiru massacre.