Was Alcatraz The Worst Prison Ever?

Alcatraz Maximum Security Prison
Alcatraz Prison San Francisco
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Is Alcatraz The Worst In History?

America has always touted Alcatraz as the worst prison in modern history. 

Alcatraz is an island located in the San Fransisco Bay. It was a maximum security Federal prison which opened in 1934 and closed in 1953. It was reportedly impossible to escape from due to the cold waters surrounding it combined with the strong currents which would sweep a swimmer out to sea to freeze. Conditions were tough in this prison. But nothing compared to what was done elsewhere.

Fremantle Prison
Fremantle Prison Australia

As you can see in the above photo of a standard cell in Fremantle prison, conditions were pretty grim for offenders incarcerated there.

Each cell was about four and a half feet wide (137cm). Each prisoner had a hammock for a bed and a small table to sit at. The toilet consisted of a bucket in the corner. Prisoner’s had to eat their meals in the cells.

The conditions were atrocious. The prison closed in 1991!

The Penal Colonies in Australia were designed to drive prisoners mad. I kid you not.

Prisoners in today’s jails are well looked after. Some would say spoilt. What do you think? Should we be tougher on today’s criminals?

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