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The 5 worst prisons in the world: overcrowding, violence …

The largest prison population in the world is concentrated in the United States (2 million). It is followed by China (1.6 million), Russia (700,000), India (670,000), Brazil (550,000) and Mexico (260,000 inmates), according to data from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Below we have selected the worst prisons in the world in 2021 . They are all overcrowded and the living conditions of the prisoners are unworthy.

Bang Kwang, Thailand

Located seven kilometers from Thailand, it houses prisoners sentenced to death and those serving long sentences . During the first three months of their sentence, all prisoners must wear leg shackles, although some sources claim that this punishment is permanent. It was designed for 3,500 prisoners, but today it is estimated that more than 10,000 reside in Bang Kwang.

Colonia Penitenciaria IK-6, Russia

Also known as ‘Black Dolphin’, it is one of the most feared prisons in the world. Located in the Orenburg region, it is currently a maximum security prison , to which they take the most dangerous prisoners, such as serial killers and terrorists. Inmates spend much of their time blindfolded so that, when leaving their cells, they cannot create a visual map of the site. To date, no prisoner has been able to escape from this jail.

Sabaneta, Venezuela

In this prison the inmates do not have basic health care, so they suffer from a multitude of diseases. Drug and arms trafficking has reached alarming levels, and violent deaths occur practically every day. On September 16, 2013, the massacre took place in the Sabaneta Prison . 16 inmates were killed and more than 48 injured.

ADX Florence

The most dangerous prisoners in the US are sent to ADX Florence, a maximum security prison. All the prisoners reside in tiny individual cells, and hardly have any contact with anyone. They are locked up 24 hours a day, and many end up suffering from mental illness from spending so much time alone in such a confined space.

San Quentin, California

The San Quentin State Prison is an American jail located in California. It has the only death row in the state for men and, although it has its own gas chamber , since 1666 executions have been carried out through lethal injection. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become one of the largest sources of transmission in the country: more than 1,500 people, including prisoners and employees, have tested positive.

These are the worst prisons in the world .