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Prison Builds Anti-Drone Forcefield

A prison in the Channel Islands is the first in the UK to declare a physical war on drones, as it's currently installing a defence system that surrounds the premises and knocks the buzzing little things out of the sky. Read More >>

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This Woman Runs a Business Helping Prisoners Access Social Media

Renea Royster turned a pen pal friendship with an inmate into a business helping prisoners do everything from post updates to Facebook to find dates online — and she’s making more money than in her job at a deli. Read More >>

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Prisoners Could be Given iPads to Aid Literacy, Numeracy and… Skype Chats

One of the government's justice advisers has gone there and said something that'll infuriate some sectors of society, suggesting that prison inmates ought to be handed iPads in order to help their rehabilitation through learning, while also letting them stay in touch with relatives on the outside and earning privileges through organising fruit. Read More >>

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Prisoner Faked Jail Release Emails — And Walked Out

An "experienced" fraudster managed to trick his way out of prison by faking a web site supposedly belonging to the court service and declaring himself a free man in some believable emails. So prison bosses let him out. Read More >>

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Dracula’s Dungeon May Have Been Unearthed in Turkey

A possible prison of Vlad the Impaler, the not-pleasant inspiration for the Dracula legend, has been discovered during restoration works at Tokat Castle, with a tunnel leading to two dungeons where Vlad may have been held being found. Read More >>

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This Abandoned Soviet Forced-Labour Camp Oddly Turned Into a Pretty Cool Beach

This is Rummu, an abandoned soviet prison and forced-labour open mine located in Estonia. Underground waters flooded the quarry and the place oddly went from being a horrible punishment facility to become one of the most fun beaches I've ever seen. Read More >>

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This is the World’s Largest Floating Prison

Docked off the Bronx in Long Island Sound, New York City, the Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center prison barge is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest operational prison ship in the world. Yet many New Yorkers might be surprised to find out it exists. Read More >>

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Sweden Is Closing Prisons Due to Lack of People to Put In Them

As the prison population spirals out of control over yonder in the USA, Sweden finds itself with an interesting and opposite predicament: it has too many prisons and not enough prisoners. For this reason, the Scandinavian country recently decided to shutter four prisons and a remand centre. Read More >>

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Planned Prison Smoking Ban May Cause Mass Riots

Concerns over staff suing the prison service due to the effects of passive smoking may lead to a full ban on smoking in English and Welsh prisons from 2015, with a pilot ban set to start in early 2014. Read More >>

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Should Architects Boycott Building “Supermax” Prisons?

There’s no question that solitary confinement—the nebulous, undefined, and largely undocumented practice that Amnesty International, the NYCLU, and the UN call torture—can cause horrific psychological damage to prisoners. But are the architects who build these structures responsible for them? Read More >>

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Yorkshire Prison Nationalised After G4S Fails to Win Contract

Bumbling security firm G4S has failed to get its contract to run the Wolds prison in East Yorkshire renewed, with the Ministry of Justice deciding it's best to bring it back to public ownership rather than keep it in private hands. Read More >>