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27th Jun '16 7:30:11 AM Shadowgazer
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Alternatively, especially in the future settings, the prison might not be a barbaric pit where only the strongest survive. Instead, it will be a {{Cyberpunk}} nightmare where [[BigBrotherIsWatching every action is monitored]], any step out of line is equated with an attempt to escape and punished accordingly, and there is one, if not several, MadScientist(s) who regard the prisoners as nothing more than guinea pigs for their [[PlayingWithSyringes immoral experiments]]. Of course, the worst of prisons might well mix and match the elements outlined above, resulting in something like a Nazi concentration camp turned UpToEleven.

Story-wise, this sort of prison will often get heroes thrown into it, so that the hero can demonstrate their inherent hero-ness by refusing to be defeated by the prison. It may also serve to [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums toughen them up]] for the next part of the plot (since pretty much any story with a prison as a setting involves a GreatEscape as the plot). Other times, it will just serve as a FateWorseThanDeath which the hero must fight to avoid.

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Alternatively, especially in the future settings, the prison might not be a barbaric pit where only the strongest survive.survive and where the guards turn a blind eye to the criminal control. Instead, it will be a {{Cyberpunk}} nightmare where [[BigBrotherIsWatching every action is monitored]], any step out of line is equated with an attempt to escape and punished accordingly, and there is one, if not several, MadScientist(s) who regard the prisoners as nothing more than guinea pigs for their [[PlayingWithSyringes immoral experiments]]. Of course, the worst of prisons might well mix and match the elements outlined above, resulting in something like a Nazi concentration camp turned UpToEleven.

Story-wise, this sort of prison will often get heroes thrown into it, so that the hero can demonstrate their inherent hero-ness by refusing to be defeated by the prison.prison, often because they were either framed for a crime or because they are an enemy of the ruling dictatorship. It may also serve to [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums toughen them up]] for the next part of the plot (since pretty much any story with a prison as a setting involves a GreatEscape as the plot). Other times, it will just serve as a FateWorseThanDeath which the hero must fight to avoid.
17th Jun '16 12:07:43 AM PaulA
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* Oscar Wilde's lengthy poem, ''The Ballad of Reading Gaol'' details the horrors he experienced during his imprisonment in the titular establishment. He writes of the inedible food, back-breaking hard labor, and crushing misery that makes prisoners worse instead of rehabilitating them.

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* Oscar Wilde's Creator/OscarWilde's lengthy poem, ''The Ballad of Reading Gaol'' details the horrors he experienced during his imprisonment in the titular establishment.Reading Gaol. He writes of the inedible food, back-breaking hard labor, and crushing misery that makes prisoners worse instead of rehabilitating them.
15th Jun '16 6:56:46 PM spectertv
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** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', TF141 breaks into one to kidnap the prisoner inside for information on Makarov. The entire gulag exists to punish one guy: [[spoiler: Captain Price.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', TF141 [=TF141=] breaks into one to kidnap the prisoner inside for information on Makarov. The entire gulag exists to punish one guy: [[spoiler: Captain Price.]]
6th Jun '16 8:13:18 PM steam66
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** Nova Prospekt. Prisoners are kept in metal sarcophagi until the surgery block is ready to turn them into [[BodyHorror Stalkers]].

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** Nova Prospekt. Prisoners are kept in metal sarcophagi until the surgery block is ready to turn them into [[BodyHorror Stalkers]]. That's not covering the chronic Antlion problem and the massive, sinister network of machine gun bunkers and searchlights along the coast leading to Nova Prospekt.
4th Jun '16 6:55:48 AM lvthn13
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** To be fair, most supermax inmates are (theoretically at least) the absolute worst of the worst; e.g. serial killers, domestic terrorists, gang leaders, etc.; or those who have proven they pose a serious threat to others and can't be contained or controlled in a regular prison. Some of them even want to be there, as it's seen as the ultimate badge of honour in some criminal circles.
** Actually, the "worst of the worst" moniker is exaggerated at best. In the US, most people are sent to supermaxes because of the length of their sentence, not their behavior. A [[https://www.aclu.org/report/dangerous-overuse-solitary-confinement-united-states 2014 ACLU report]] on the overuse of solitary confinement states that the American prison population has skyrocketed in recent decades (about 700% from the 1980s) and many policymakers get supermaxes built to show they are "tough on crime." However, few inmates actually meet the "worst of the worst" requirement, but since we have to put them somewhere, supermaxes are being filled with people who pose little to no additional threat to regular society. I've done some human rights work in this area; trust me, no one wants to be there.
** Back in the 19th century isolation was the standard means of imprisonment for all inmates outside work camps. Grand majority of the released prisoners were hopelessly demented.
*** This is actually were we get the word 'penitentiary.' The prevailing theory was that the best way to reform criminals was to keep them solitary and ''penitent'' so they could properly reflect on their crimes. Beyond solitary confinement, many early penitentiaries required complete silence from prisoners at all times--a policy that was strictly enforced.
2nd Jun '16 4:39:10 PM TheKaizerreich
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* A news story about certain Iranian prisons caused much outrage about the handling of the prisoners; apart from ubiquous beatings and torture, the prison cells were barely taller than the average person and only slightly wider (and only as deep) as a locker you might remember from school, with only a few small air holes. Inmates were stated to have been kept in these locker cells often for days at a time, and if they misbehaved in any way at all, things could get even worse.
28th May '16 1:09:31 PM cricri3007
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** For ''[[{{DLC}} Mob of the Dead]]'' in ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'', take Alcatraz, fill it with post apocalyptic decor, such as razor wire, sheets of metal, and the dead bodies of zombies coated in razor wire and perforated with wooden planks. This is essentially the entire setting.

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** For ''[[{{DLC}} Mob of the Dead]]'' in ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'', take Alcatraz, fill it with post apocalyptic decor, such as razor wire, sheets of metal, and the dead bodies of zombies coated in razor wire and perforated with wooden planks. This is essentially the entire setting. [[spoiler: It's even a litteral example, as the mobsters are in fact trapped in Hell/Purgatory.]]
7th May '16 7:45:24 PM Lokoron
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* The company owning the prison featured in ''Literature/HollowPlaces'' purposefully creates environments where the guards are composed of young, violent men free to abuse the prisoners. They do this in order to foster recidivism among the inmates and therefore increase profits through reincarceration.
1st May '16 10:03:25 AM dvx105
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* ''Prison Architect'': As players are given the ability to build their own prison, one such prison can be achieved, though it can lead to massive consequences in-game.

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* ''Prison Architect'': ''VideoGame/PrisonArchitect'': As players are given the ability to build their own prison, one such prison can be achieved, though it can lead to massive consequences in-game.
1st May '16 10:02:21 AM dvx105
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* ''VideoGame/Prison Architect'': As players are given the ability to build their own prison, one such prison can be achieved, though it can lead to massive consequences in-game.

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* ''VideoGame/Prison ''Prison Architect'': As players are given the ability to build their own prison, one such prison can be achieved, though it can lead to massive consequences in-game.
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