There are criminals that have broken the law and now live a more luxurious lifestyle than you.
You have to work hard and pay your bills and your rent and can only dream of a luxurious lifestyle. Additionally, you maintain an honest life in order to enjoy the freedom of owning comfortable surroundings.
Yet, there are prisoners that live in comfort, don’t pay bills or rent because they broke the law. It doesn’t seem fair. We will list for you some of the most luxurious prisons that are even more lavish than many hotels. We just hope that after you read about the best prisons in the world, that you won’t be tempted to go out and commit a crime!
Her Majesty’s Prison Addiewell
Her Majesty’s Prison Addiewell is like a comfortable boarding school. There are single and double cells which look like motel rooms. Prisoners are able to use Playstation and watch satellite TV. They have an extensive range of sporting options, including tennis, volleyball and badminton.
Prisoners enjoy a full range of physical and mental health care. They can also receive university degrees, and there are many courses available. Inmates can learn a language, do art, learn creative writing or improve their math skills.
They may become qualified as a gardener, plasterer, or caterer. These skills can be useful when they complete their prison term.
Halden Prison Norway
Halden Prison in Norway is maximum security prison. It holds hardened criminals like serial killers and rapists. These dangerous inmates live in what looks like a 5 star hotel!
The philosophy behind giving such a lifestyle to these criminals is rehabilitation. Each cell has an en-suite with a toilet and shower. Prisoners have a flat screen TV and personal fridge. Prisoners are busy all day with activities and have options to work, or gain an education.
Activities also include recording music that is later played on local radio. There is also a comfortable chalet-style house for overnight visits from family.
Bastoy Prison Norway
Bastoy Prison Norway resembles a holiday camp. Each prisoner lives in their personal house rather than a cell. The whole prison looks like a quaint village.
The prison governor calls Bastoy a “human ecological prison“. His believes that treating prisoners with humanity will stop them reoffending. The average rate of reoffending around the world is 70%, – at Bastoy it is only 16%. Many inmates are serving long sentences for violent crimes such as rape or murder. They rarely reoffend.
Justice Center Leoben, Austria
Each cell in this luxury prison contains a private en-suite, a comfortable bed and a kitchenette. Prisoners can also spend time improving their fitness in a state of the art the gym.
The Justice Center Leoben was even designed by an award-winning architect. Inmates can relax in the library or in the beautiful courtyards. The prison derives their philosophy from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
This states “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights“.
Suomenlinna Prison, Finland
Suomenlinna Prison is an open prison which trusts it’s inmates to remain on the grounds. They’re sent to harsher prisons if they try to escape. But they have no reason to want to escape.
Tourists visit the prison for picnics. The pretty grounds contain a greenhouse and petting zoo, where prisoners work. Inmates can take a few days vacation each month and are free to shop in the nearby village. They can even own cellphones.
The philosophy of rehabilitation gives prisoners options for the future. They can gain a university degree or vocation for their future release.
Qincheng Prison, China
Qincheng Prison in China contains only the most privileged political prisoners. High profile prisoners include the widow of Mao Zedong, Jiang Qing and Chen Xitong, former mayor of Beijing. Cells are very large, and contain private en-suites and even washing machines.
No-one wears a prison uniform, and they can read, play or exercise at their leisure. They also enjoy luxurious semi-gourmet food. One prisoner of high rank was once seen enjoying shark’s fin soup!
Otisville Federal Correctional Center, upstate New York
One Inmate described Otisville as “a castle behind bars“. This prison contains the more privileged prisoners convicted of white collar crime. Prisoners enjoy gourmet foods such as smoked oysters and salmon.
Not only can they enjoy cable TV, they can watch it late into the night. They even permitted to watch porn channels. Sports they can indulge in include soccer and boccie courts.
On national holidays, inmates enjoy cookouts and family activities.