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The Sinister History of Tasmania’s Port Arthur Prison

Prison is not pleasant, no matter the facility or the supposedly enlightened beliefs of those in charge. One of the most infamous prisons, the Port Arthur penal colony of Tasmania, believed that their methods were actually therapeutic. Boy, were they wrong. Port Arthur initially opened as a timber station in 1830, but by 1833 it […]

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This Prison May Soon Be Guarded by Crocodiles, Tigers and Piranhas

To deal with security issues at an isolated death-row prison, Indonesian officials are considering measures straight out of a James Bond villain’s playbook: in addition to the usual armed guards, the island-based maximum security compound may also be surrounded by wild tigers on land, and equally dangerous crocodiles & piranha fish in the surrounding waters. […]