If you’re guilty of binge watching Orange is the New Black and imagining what life would be like serving time in a corrections facility, you’re not alone. However, if you care to preserve that misguided fantasy, turn back now. In reality, prison doesn’t generally conjure feelings of safety or warm, fuzzy thoughts. But there are institutions that are so extraordinarily unsafe and inhumane, it defies imagination. For those who are curious about real life in some of the most notoriously dangerous prisons in the world, click on. It might make you think twice about running that next red light.
20. Attica Correctional Facility, USA
Believe it or not, we’re kicking off the list on American soil. Attica housed prisoners so dangerous that a tear gas system was installed in the mess hall to minimize carnage. In 1971, prisoners rioted, leading to 43 deaths. Overcrowding was cited as the main reason for the riot, and though conditions have improved, the prison is well over maximum capacity to this day.
If you think that’s bad, we’re just getting warmed up.