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Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up,
this should make things a little bit clearer.


 Which Sounds Better?

In Prison

At Work

In Prison...
You spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell;

At Work...
You spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

In Prison...
You get three meals a day;

At Work...
You only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

In Prison...
You get time off for good behavior;

At Work...
You get rewarded for good behavior with more work.

In Prison...
The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you;

At Work...
You must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

In Prison...
You can watch TV and play games;

At Work...
You get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In Prison...
You get your own toilet;

At Work...
You have to share

In Prison...
They allow your family and friends to visit;

At Work...
You can't even speak to your family.

In Prison...
All expenses are paid by the tax-payers with no work required;

At Work...
You get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

In Prison...
You spend most of your life looking through bars from inside wanting to get out.

At Work...
You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

In Prison...
There are wardens.

At Work...
They are called managers.

But cheer up, because....

In Prison...
You have to stay all the time.

At Work...
You get to go home sometimes.

Smart boss + smart employee = profit
Smart boss + dumb employee = production
Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime

What is a prison?

A prison, jail, or gaol, is a facility in which individuals are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. The most common use of prisons is as part of an organized governmental justice system, in which individuals officially charged with or convicted of crimes are confined to a jail or prison until they are either brought to trial to determine their guilt or complete the period of incarceration they were sentenced to after being found guilty at their trial. Outside of their use for punishing civil crimes, authoritarian regimes also frequently use prisons and jails as tools of political repression to punish political crimes, often without trial or other legal due process.

  History of Prisons  

Ancient times

Some Ancient Greek philosophers, such as Plato, began to develop ideas of using punishment to reform offenders instead of simply using it as retribution. Imprisonment as a penalty was used initially for those who could not afford to pay their fines. Eventually, since impoverished Athenians could not pay their fines, leading to indefinite periods of imprisonment, time limits were set instead. The actual location of the prison cells is not known.

The Romans were among the first to use prisons as a form of punishment, rather than simply for detention. A variety of existing structures were used to house prisoners, such as metal cages, basements of public buildings, and quarries. One of the most notable Roman prisons was the Mamertine Prison, established around 640 B.C. by Ancus Marcius. The Mamertime Prison was located within a sewer system beneath ancient Rome, and contained a large network of dungeons where prisoners were held in squalid conditions, contaminated with human waste. Forced labor on public works projects was also a common form of punishment. In many cases, citizens were sentenced to slavery, often in ergastula (a primitive form of prison where unruly slaves were chained to workbenches and performed hard labor).

Middle ages

During the Middle Ages in Europe, castles, fortresses, and the basements of public buildings were often used as makeshift prisons. The possession of the right and the capability to imprison citizens, however, granted an air of legitimacy to officials at all levels of government, from kings to regional courts to city councils; and the ability to have someone imprisoned or killed served as a signifier of who in society possessed power or authority over others. Another common punishment was sentencing people to galley slavery where they were chained together in the bottoms of ships and forced to row on naval or merchant vessels.

Modern era

During the 18th century, popular resistance to public execution and torture became more widespread, and rulers began looking for means to punish and control their subjects in a way that didn't cause people to associate them with spectacles of tyrannical and sadistic violence. They began to look towards developing systems of mass incarceration as a solution.

Britain practiced penal transportation of convicted criminals to penal colonies in the British Empire, in the Americas from the 1610s through the American Revolution in the 1770s and in Australia between 1788 and 1868. France sent criminals to tropical penal colonies including Louisiana in the early 18th century. Penal colonies in French Guiana operated until 1951, such as the infamous Île du Diable (Devil's Island). Katorga prisons were harsh work camps established in the 17th century in Russia in remote under populated areas of Siberia and the Russian Far East that had few towns or food sources. Siberia quickly gained its fearful connotation of punishment.

The first prisons in the United States were modeled on Jeremy Bentham's "panopticon" model, with wings of one-person cells radiating outward from a central control/surveillance structure. This was later replaced with what was known as the "Auburn System", where prison cells were placed inside of rectangular buildings that lent themselves more to large-scale penal labor.

After the unification of Italy in 1861, the parliament reformed the repressive and arbitrary prison system inherited from the predecessor absolutist states. The liberal reforms were intended to modernize and secularize punishment and emphasized discipline and deterrence, the reforms were not, however, extended to women's prisons, which remained in the control of Catholic nuns, Italian women's prisons continued to be modeled on the convent, with its emphasis on moral conversion rather than educational and vocational training. Italy developed an advanced penology under the leadership of Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909).

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

10 Historic and Famous Prisons

01. Alcatraz, San Francisco,  USA.

Alcatraz, perhaps the most famous prison in the United States, was the first maximum security minimum privilege prison of the country. Located on a rocky island surrounded by the freezing water of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was believed to be inescapable. Today, the island is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco.

02. Tower of London, UK.

Now home to the British Crown Jewels and one of the top tourist attractions in England, the Tower of London served as a prison from 1100 to the mid twentieth century. The Tower of London is reputedly the most haunted building in England.

03. Devil's Island, French Guiana

First opened in 1852 under Emperor Napoleon III’s reign, Devil’s Island penal colony is one of the most infamous prisons in history. During its 94 years of operation, this historic prison was home to everyone from political prisoners to hardened criminals.

04. Chateau d'If, France

From 1634 through the end of the 19th century, the chateau served as a dumping ground for religious and political prisoners. It was demilitarized and opened to the public in 1890 and is now one of the most famous prisons in the world. (picture  right)

05. Goree Island, Senegal.

Thousands of slaves passed through Goree Island in Senegal before France abolished the slave trade in 1848. The Maison des Esclaves, better known as the House of Slaves, is just one of the places on the island that held slaves before they were put on ships bound for the New World. The museum now serves as a pilgrimage site for many African-Americans tracing their roots.

06. Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa

Robben Island has served many functions over the years, including a leper colony at one point. However, it’s most known for serving as a prison under the apartheid regime. Well-known figure Nelson Mandela spent time there as a political prisoner. Today Robben Island is a popular tourist destination and can be reached by ferry from Cape Town. The island is an important breeding area for a large African Penguin colony.

07. Elmina Castle, Ghana

Built in 1492, Elmina Castle in Ghana is the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara. For over three hundred years, it served as a holding area for people captured against their will to be sold into slavery. It was not uncommon for slaves to share a cell with as many as 200 others, cramped together with not even enough space to lie down. By the 18th century, over 30,000 slaves were passing through the Door of No Return each year.

08. Port Arthur, Australia

Port Arthur is a former convict colony in Tasmania, Australia. From 1833, until the 1850s, it was the destination for the hardest of convicted British and Irish criminals and rebellious inmates from other prisons. Today, many highly recognizable ruins remain, including the penitentiary, the hospital, the insane asylum, and a church built by the convicts. In 1996 Port Arthur became the site of Australia’s deadliest gun massacre when a single shooter opened fire on visitors, killing 35 people.

09. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum,, Cambodia

Converted in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge Regime from what was once a high school, Tuol Sleng is probably one of the most horrifying prisons in the world. Prisoners were routinely tortured in order to compel a confession to whatever crime they had been charged with. Once they confessed and named any conspirators, they were then executed. Of the more than 17,000 people incarcerated of Tuol Sleng in the four years it operated, there are only a few known survivors. After the Vietnamese army uncovered the prison in 1979 Tuol Sleng was turned in to a historical museum memorializing the actions of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. (picture  right)

10. The Hoa Loa Prison,  Vietnam

The Hoa Loa Prison (Hanoi Hilton; coined by the American POWs) , was originally built by the French to house Vietnamese political prisoners. The North Vietnamese Army later used the prison to house prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Prisoners incarcerated there were subject to torture, starvation, and even murder.

10 World's Worst Prisons:

» Camp 22 Prison, North Korea

» Penal Colony Prison, Russia

» ADX Florence Supermax Prison, Colorado, USA

» Bang Kwang Central Prison, Thailand 

» Guantanamo Bay Prison, Cuba (picture  right)

» Carandiru Penitentiary Prison, Sao Paolo, Brazil

» Diyarbakir Prison, Turkey

» La Sabaneta Prison, Venezuela

» Tadmor Prison, Syria 

» Gitarama Prison, Rwanda

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