10 Facts About Prisons


Prisons can be used as a tool of political repression by authoritarian regimes.

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Prisons was particularly appalled to discover prisoners who had been acquitted but were still confined because they could not pay the jailer's fees.

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Prisons proposed wide-ranging reforms to the system, including the housing of each prisoner in a separate cell and the requirements that staff should be professional and paid by the government, that outside inspection of prisons should be imposed, and that prisoners should be provided with a healthy diet and reasonable living conditions.

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Prisons's began a system of supervision and required the women to sew and to read the Bible.

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Prisons's views influenced the establishment of the first prisons used as criminal rehabilitation centers.

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Prisons are normally surrounded by fencing, walls, earthworks, geographical features, or other barriers to prevent escape.

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Prisons generally have to provide food for a large number of individuals, and thus are generally equipped with a large institutional kitchen.

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Prisons have formed parts of military systems since the French Revolution.

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Prisons are very attractive to employers, because prisoners can be made to perform a great array of jobs, under conditions that most free laborers wouldn't accept : sub-minimum wage payments, no insurance, no collective bargaining, lack of alternative options, etc.

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Prisons can be difficult places to live and work in, even in developed countries in the present day.

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