Prisons within prisons
Prison is certainly not a place that people choose to go to. Being locked up, told what to do all the time, and losing contact with your loved ones can weigh extremely heavily on you. Yet, thousands upon thousands of people are sentenced to prison every year. Some institutions are far worse than others. Imagine being housed in a cement block with no roof being forced to stand because there’s no room to sit, being starved because the guards don’t care about feeding you, or being constantly attacked by other inmates. These are the worst prisons in the world.
Bang Kwang Prison
Bang Kwang Prison is a men’s prison in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand that houses the country’s execution chamber. Until 2013, death row inmates had leg irons permanently welded on. All inmates have to wear leg irons for the first three months of their sentence.
According to former inmates, prisoners get only one bowl of vegetable soup with some white rice to eat a day.
Hoeryong Concentration Camp
On the northern tip of North Korea, Hoeryong Concentration Camp is a labor camp where entire families are subjected to hard labor, torture, and experimentation. If people are sentenced here, they are not to be released. Some people were able to free themselves from the camp, but they had to make it out of an electric fence, barbed wire, booby traps, and other horrors.
A former guard described the prisoners looking like skeletons, dwarves, and heavily crippled due to the conditions in the camp. Flyovers seemed to reveal that the camp was closed in 2012, but it may have only moved elsewhere.
Gitarama Prison in Rwanda was built to house about 400 inmates, but it’s home to thousands of men and women. It’s so crowded that people have to stand most of the time.
People’s legs and feet are covered with sores which leads to amputation if the prisoner doesn’t die during his confinement. Just a few years ago, one in eight inmates died due to the conditions of the prison or other inmates.