25 Intriguing Statistics And Truths About Prisons And Prisoners

Prison isn’t a fun place. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Unless you’re in Norway or some other Scandinavian country that is. In these places it may seem to you as though prisoners are treated like royalty. They get TVs, they can wander around freely, they have their own time table. In Greenland, they can even go hunting! But did you know that Scandinavia also has the lowest level of repeat offenders out of any other region in the world? Why is that? It’s because instead of focusing on punishment and then releasing prisoners back into society when they have “served their time” with no way of reintegrating, the Scandinavian countries focus almost exclusively on rehabilitation. They make the prisoners want to be a productive member of society. They make them feel like they are getting a second chance and that they need to work hard to earn it. And this method has shown to have significantly better results than what many nations have tried throughout history – to punish and to shame. But this isn’t the only interesting thing you are going to read about today. Get ready because this is 25 intriguing statistics and truths about prisons and prisoners.

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Norway's worst criminals go to an island prison where they are almost free to do as they wish. By international standards it is extremely minimum security but the prison has one of the lowest rates of re-offending in the world.

Norway's worst criminals go to an island prison where they are almost free to do as they wish. By international standards it is extremely minimum security but the prison has one of the lowest rates of re-offending in the worldSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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In 1995, Robert Lee Brock sued himself from behind bars for letting himself get drunk and commit crimes, which led to his incarceration. His case was thrown out.

In 1995, Robert Lee Brock sued himself from behind bars for $, which led to his incarceration. His case was thrown outSource: legalzoom.com, Image: pixabay
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Although Alcatraz was one of the few US prisons with hot water showers, the only reason was to discourage inmates from trying to escape (the reasoning was that inmates used to hot showers would hate the cold water of the bay).

Although Alcatraz was one of the few US prisons with hot water showers, the only reason was to discourage inmates from trying to escape (the reasoning was that inmates used to hot showers would hate the cold water bay)Source: wired.com, Image: wikipedia
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A prisoner at Baltimore City Detention Center got four female guards pregnant and made nearly $20,000 off of smuggled goods.

A prisoner at Baltimore City Detention Center got four female guards pregnant and made nearly $20,000 off of smuggled goodsSource: npr, Image: wikipedia
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In Japan, prisoners on death row are not notified of their impending death until only a few hours before. Their families are only notified afterwards.

In Japan, prisoners on death row are not notified of their impending death until only a few hours before. Their families are only notified afterwards.Source: thewire.com, Image: wikipedia
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Some private prisons have realized that giving inmates TVs is a cheaper way to keep them calm than hiring more guards.

Some private prisons have realized that giving inmates TVs is a cheaper way to keep them calm than hiring more guardsSource: filmsforaction.org, Image: sketchport.com
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When psychologist Timothy Leary was sent to prison in 1970 he took a psychological test that was used to assign prisoners to different work details. Since he had actually designed the test, he passed it in such a way that he would be assigned to a minimum security prison from which he eventually escaped.

When psychologist Timothy Leary was sent to prison in 1970 he took a psychological test that was used to assign prisoners to different work details. Since he had actually designed the test, he passed it in such a way that he would be assigned to a minimum security prison from which he eventually escapedSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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Ronnie Lee Gardner (executed in 2010) once broke the glass of the visitation room, knocked out the lights, and had intercourse with a female visitor. Other inmates cheered him on and blockaded the doors.

Ronnie Lee Gardner (executed in 2010) once broke the glass of the visitation room, knocked out the lights, and had intercourse with a female visitor. Other inmates cheered him on and blockaded the doorsSource: wikipedia, Image: murderpedia
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An inmate in California once managed to smuggle three jumbo binder rings and two boxes of staples in his rectum. It earned him the nickname of OD (Office Depot).

An inmate in California once managed to smuggle 3 jumbo binder rings and two boxes of staples in his rectum. It earned him the nickname of OD (Office Depot)Source: nytimes, Image: wikipedia
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In 2010, two inmates simply walked out of a jail in Wisconsin using falsified release records. They were caught several days later.

In 2010, two inmates simply walked out of a jail in Wisconsin using fail release records. They were caught several days laterSource: jsonline.com, Image: pixabay
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In Nuuk, Greenland, some prisoners have the keys to their own cells. They are also allowed to leave the prison to go to school and work. Some of them even go hunting.

In Nuuk, Greenland, some prisoners have the keys to their own cells. They are also allowed to leave the prison to go to school and work. Some of them even go hunting.Source: huffintonpost, Image: wikipedia
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Guards at New Mexico State Penitentiary would label uncooperative prisoners as snitches which would lead other prisoners to abuse and beat them.

Guards at New Mexico State Penitentiary would label uncooperative prisoners as snitches which would lead other prisoners to abuse and beat themSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Nazis allegedly forced gypsies to drink only seawater. The gypsies got so dehydrated that they would lick freshly mopped floors just to get a little hydration.

Nazis allegedly forced gypsies to drink only seawater. The gypsies got so dehydrated that they would lick freshly mopped floors just to get a little waterSource: pbs, Image: wikipedia
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The longest time spent on death row according to the Guinness Book of World Records was Japanese boxer Iwao Hakamada. He spent 46 years on death row before DNA evidence led to his release in 2014.

The longest time spent on death row according to the Guinness Book of World Records was Japanese boxer Iwao Hakamada. He spent 46 years on death row before DNA evidence led to his release in 2014Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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A con man named Ronald McIntosh once escaped from prison in California, hijacked a helicopter, and came back to pick up his girlfriend who was also serving time at the prison. They were both caught not long after.

A con man named Ronald McIntosh once escaped from prison in California, hijacked a helicopter, and came back to pick up his girlfriend who was also serving time at the prison. They were both caught not long after.Source: latimes.com, Image: wikipedia
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Singer Merle Haggard was in San Quentin prison when Johnny Cash played there. The performance helped inspire him to turn his life around and put his talents to good use.

Singer Merle Haggard was in San Quentin prison when Johnny Cash played there. The performance helped inspire him to turn his life around and put his talents to useSource: wsj.com, Image: wikipedia
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During a fire at Ohio Penitentiary in 1930, guards refused to let prisoners out of their cells. Some prisoners, however, managed to overpower a couple guards and began freeing their fellow inmates.

During a fire at Ohio Penitentiary in 1930, guards refused to let prisoners out of their cells. Some prisoners, however, managed to overpower a couple guards and began freeing their fellow inmatesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Texas no longer offers a special last meal to death row inmates. Instead, they are given the same meal as everybody else.

Texas no longer offers a special last meal to death row inmates. Instead, they are given the same meal as everybody else.Source: murderpedia.org, Image: wikipedia
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Bayer, famous for Aspirin, once bought prisoners from the Nazis to test their drugs on.

Bayer, famous for Aspirin, once bought prisoners from the Nazis to test their drugs onSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

While serving 10 years in prison for a speech he had given, Eugene Debs ran for president in 1920 and received over a million votes

While serving 10 years in prison for a speech he had given, Eugene Debs ran for president in 1920 and received over a million votesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Joe Arridy was reported to be one of the happiest prisoners ever to be held on death row. He had an IQ of 46 and played with a toy train that the warden had given him. When he was led to the gas chamber in 1939, he seemed to be nervous for a moment but then relaxed when the warden grabbed his hand and reassured him. He was posthumously pardoned in 2011.

Joe Arridy was reported to be one of the happiest prisoners ever to be held on death row. He had an IQ of 46 and played with a toy train that the warden had given him. When he was led to the gas chamber in 1939, he seemed to be nervous for a moment but then relaxed when the warden grabbed his hand and reassured him. He was posthumously pardoned in 2011Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Indiana State Prison started a program where prisoners are allowed to adopt a cat. It has been thought to improve their mood and lead to better rehabilitative results.

Indiana State Prison started a program where prisoners are allowed to adopt a cat. It has been thought to improve their mood and lead to better rehabilitative resultsSource: catodyssey.blogspot.com, Image: pixabay
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Thai prisoners can have their sentences reduced if they take part in boxing matches against foreigners.

thaiboxSource: aljazeera.com, Image: wikipedia
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The last prisoner to be repatriated from WWII was a Hungarian soldier named Andras Toma found living in a Russian psychiatric hospital in 2000.

The last prisoners to be repatriated from WWII was a Hungarian soldier named Andras Toma found living in a Russian psychiatric hospital in 2000.Source: theguardian.com, Image: Joshua Scott via Flickr
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The largest jail break in history occurred when hundreds of Japanese POWs escaped from an Australian prison. The Japanese considered the Australians weak because they treated their prisoners too well.

The largest jail break in history occurred when hundreds of Japanese POWs escaped from an Australian prison. The Japanese considered the Australians weak because they treated their prisoners too wellSource: awm.gov.au, Image: wikipedia


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