15 photos of prison cells around the world show how different countries treat their criminals

15 photos of prison cells around the world show how different countries treat their criminals

It's a fact that, for many people, the idea of surviving a prison sentence for any length of time conjures up an image of a living hell. And no wonder! Our prisons are notoriously crowded, understaffed, and typically they only serve to increase the likelihood that the inmates incarcerated there will later reoffend. Not only that, but prisons are notoriously dangerous places,: hotbeds for addiction and mental illness, as well as physical and sexual assaults.

The key difference lies in where in the world you are. Foreign countries all have radically different prison cultures: a penitentiary in Norway will be completely different to one in China, or Canda, or Uganda. To prove it, we've compiled a list of eye-opening images of prisons from around the world, to show just how much variety there is when it comes to life in the slammer. Scroll down to take a peek!

1. Altiplano prison, Mexico

2. Bordeaux prison, Canda

3. HM Prison Dartmoor, England

4. Rikers Island prison, United States

5. Bois D'Arcy prison, France

6. Neve Tirza, Israel

7. Otago Corrections Facility, New Zealand

8. Onomichi prison, Japan

9. Quezon city jail, Philippines

10. San Quentin state prison, United States

11. Evin prison, Iran

12. Haiti's civil prison, Haiti

13. Norgerhaven prison, Netherlands

14. Penal De Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador 

15. Halden prison, Norway

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