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24th Sep '16 7:32:58 AM BrendanRizzo
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** Ironically, as of 2012 Alcatraz itself has spent more years as a tourist attraction than as a federal prison (it spent 29 years, from 1934 to 1963, as a prison, but has been a tourist attraction since 1972, passing the length of time it spent as a prison in 2001).

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** Ironically, as of 2012 Alcatraz itself has spent more years as a tourist attraction than as a federal prison (it spent 29 years, from 1934 to 1963, as a prison, but has been a tourist attraction since 1972, passing the length of time it spent as a prison in 2001).
24th Sep '16 7:27:55 AM BrendanRizzo
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* ''Fanfic/TheGreatestThereWasOrEverWillBe'' has [=DeadHeat=] Prison. (Yes, in CamelCase.) The building is on an island [[HellholePrison with an active volcano]] in which the inmates all suffer in total darkness, utterly unable to interact with anybody else. Nobody has ever escaped, and being sentenced there is considered a FateWorseThanDeath.
21st Sep '16 5:40:04 AM Lord_Vetinari
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* in ''Webcomic/CaptainUfo'', the Hole is considered the most secure prison space station in the [[TheFederation USC]].
16th Sep '16 11:35:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TechInfantry'' has the Federation (and later Imperial) Prison in the R45 systiem is a DeathWorld and prison planet from which escape (or even survival) is almost impossible. Orbital forts and warships in orbit to prevent rescue, powerful magical incantations and a natural anti-magic field to prevent magical teleportation escapes, and a toxic ecosystem overrun by insane stranded Bugs make it a not at all nice place to be sentenced.

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* ''TechInfantry'' ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has the Federation (and later Imperial) Prison in the R45 systiem is a DeathWorld and prison planet from which escape (or even survival) is almost impossible. Orbital forts and warships in orbit to prevent rescue, powerful magical incantations and a natural anti-magic field to prevent magical teleportation escapes, and a toxic ecosystem overrun by insane stranded Bugs make it a not at all nice place to be sentenced.
3rd Sep '16 1:43:05 PM ZimFan89
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Celestia reveals the ''sun'' can, and has, been used as this. Why this would be extremely hard, if not impossible, to escape from should be self explanatory, but to note: it's millions of miles away in the vacuum of space with the only reliable way on or off being Celestia herself, and most of the prisoner's sentence is ''beneath'' the surface of it where gravity and pressure ''are'' part of the punishment (they're naturally made immortal for their time their). There's also an entire ecosystem on it (made of solar plasma) and taking care of them is part of the punishment. Oh, and naturally they're on fire the entire time. Of course, Celestia, being [[TheHighQueen who she is]], doesn't use this very often and reserves it for the absolute worst of the worst, who's sentence is equal to the years of life they've stolen from others. The most recent inmate is [[spoiler:Professor Kabuto, a {{Sociopath}}ic Changeling MadScientist and mass murderer so vile even his own kind loathed him before their HeelRaceTurn.]]

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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Celestia reveals the ''sun'' can, and has, been used as this. Why this would be extremely hard, if not impossible, to escape from should be self explanatory, but to note: it's millions of miles away in the vacuum of space with the only reliable way on or off being Celestia herself, and most of the prisoner's sentence is ''beneath'' the surface of it where gravity and pressure ''are'' part of the punishment (they're naturally made immortal for their time their). there). There's also an entire ecosystem on it (made of solar plasma) and taking care of them it is part of the punishment. Oh, and naturally they're on fire the entire time. Of course, Celestia, being [[TheHighQueen who she is]], doesn't use this very often and reserves it for the absolute worst of the worst, who's sentence is whose sentences are equal to the years of life they've stolen from others. The most recent inmate is [[spoiler:Professor Kabuto, a {{Sociopath}}ic Changeling MadScientist and mass murderer so vile even his own kind loathed him even before their HeelRaceTurn.]]


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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''[[Fanfic/{{Ripples}} Stirred]]'' has the Dungeons of Escannor, a sprawling labyrinth of tunnels, pits, cells, and torture chambers beneath the royal palace of Meridian so complex that only the long-dead original designers know the full extent of it.
28th Aug '16 4:49:20 PM LordDynasmon
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** Level 1 is mostly a normal floor, though the highlight of Level One is the "Crimson Hell," a forest within the prison made up entirely of bladed "saber trees" and "needle grass." Prisoners are forced into it, being cut up at every turn and every step, giving the forest it's trademark red color, all the while being chased by poisonous insects and AxeCrazy prison guards. To add to the sadism the only way out is a pit located within the Crimson Hell, which leads to ''Level Two''.(This was where Buggy was kept until the mass-escape, and it wasn't so bad for him, because he simply couldn't be hurt by the hazards here due to his Devil's Fruit power; for some reason, the guards never noticed that.)

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** Level 1 is mostly a normal floor, though the highlight of Level One is the "Crimson Hell," a forest within the prison made up entirely of bladed "saber trees" and "needle grass." Prisoners are forced into it, being cut up at every turn and every step, giving the forest it's its trademark red color, all the while being chased by poisonous insects and AxeCrazy prison guards. To add to the sadism the only way out is a pit located within the Crimson Hell, which leads to ''Level Two''.(This was where Buggy was kept until the mass-escape, and it wasn't so bad for him, because he simply couldn't be hurt by the hazards here due to his Devil's Fruit power; for some reason, the guards never noticed that.)
18th Aug '16 6:47:37 PM PaulA
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* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga story "Borders of Infinity" Miles has to organize an escape from the "escape proof" Dagoola IV Top Security Prison Camp #3. The "camp" is a masterpiece of psychological warfare, quite possibly the most terrifying prison in existence while still meeting the future equivalent of the Geneva Conventions. It's just a giant dome over an open space on a remote planet, with no resources, no buildings and '''no guards''', just ten thousand prisoners. The captors drop the legally required amount of food in a huge pile out in the open, ensuring that prisoners riot and fight to get it. Pretty soon, most of the prisoners are all in armed tribes too busy fighting each other over supplies to organize an escape, and the rest are too starved or demoralized to do anything. Miles is sent to enact a two-prisoner rescue thus proving that [[spoiler: it ''was'' escape-proof... just not rescue-proof. Miles plans ahead. For Miles, Plan B is ''always'' RefugeInAudacity, so instead of rescuing two prisoners, he rescues ''all of them''.]]

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* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga story "Borders of Infinity" "Literature/TheBordersOfInfinity", Miles has to organize an escape from the "escape proof" Dagoola IV Top Security Prison Camp #3. The "camp" is a masterpiece of psychological warfare, quite possibly the most terrifying prison in existence while still meeting the future equivalent of the Geneva Conventions. It's just a giant dome over an open space on a remote planet, with no resources, no buildings and '''no guards''', just ten thousand prisoners. The captors drop the legally required amount of food in a huge pile out in the open, ensuring that prisoners riot and fight to get it. Pretty soon, most of the prisoners are all in armed tribes too busy fighting each other over supplies to organize an escape, and the rest are too starved or demoralized to do anything. Miles is sent to enact a two-prisoner rescue thus proving that [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it ''was'' escape-proof... just not rescue-proof. Miles plans ahead. For Miles, Plan B is ''always'' RefugeInAudacity, so instead of rescuing two prisoners, he rescues ''all of them''.]]them'']].
7th Aug '16 5:52:09 PM nombretomado
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* The Slab in TheDCU. How secure was it? It was designed by Shiloh Norman, the greatest escape artist in history, to be escape proof. This man escaped from a black hole, but specifically designed the Slab to be too much even for him. The Joker organized a mass breakout in the Joker's Last Laugh event.

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* The Slab in TheDCU.Franchise/TheDCUTheDCU. How secure was it? It was designed by Shiloh Norman, the greatest escape artist in history, to be escape proof. This man escaped from a black hole, but specifically designed the Slab to be too much even for him. The Joker organized a mass breakout in the Joker's Last Laugh event.



* Meanwhile in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', they have re-opened the original Alcatraz, which is right next door to the Titans, so they can keep an eye on it. Unlike its namesake and like every other prison in TheDCU, it is a CardboardPrison.

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* Meanwhile in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', they have re-opened the original Alcatraz, which is right next door to the Titans, so they can keep an eye on it. Unlike its namesake and like every other prison in TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCUTheDCU, it is a CardboardPrison.
30th Jul '16 3:36:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Main/UltimaV'' takes place after Lord British has been captured by the Shadowlords. So let's see, [[spoiler: they trapped Lord British inside of a mirror inside of a room that's on a ridiculously secure floor at the bottom of a very dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and puzzles, which is filled with barriers that can only be brought down with one of the crown jewels that was taken from him, you can't even set foot in the dungeon without the very last Word of Power which you don't get until all eight Sacred Quests are completed, the Shadowlords themselves show up to defeat the Avatar if he manages to set foot in that dungeon before defeating all three of them, the dungeon entrance itself is cloaked in darkness that can't be penetrated without another of Lord British's crown jewels, the darkness itself is hidden behind lava and mountains that can't be crossed without losing hit points, in a section of an underworld that lies beneath yet another dungeon which is less dangerous, but is also sealed up with yet another Word of Power, and everything that could have gotten Lord British out of there was either taken from him and hidden, or left in his private chambers?]] Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Shadowlords really, really didn't want Lord British to escape.

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* ''Main/UltimaV'' ''VideoGame/UltimaV'' takes place after Lord British has been captured by the Shadowlords. So let's see, [[spoiler: they trapped Lord British inside of a mirror inside of a room that's on a ridiculously secure floor at the bottom of a very dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and puzzles, which is filled with barriers that can only be brought down with one of the crown jewels that was taken from him, you can't even set foot in the dungeon without the very last Word of Power which you don't get until all eight Sacred Quests are completed, the Shadowlords themselves show up to defeat the Avatar if he manages to set foot in that dungeon before defeating all three of them, the dungeon entrance itself is cloaked in darkness that can't be penetrated without another of Lord British's crown jewels, the darkness itself is hidden behind lava and mountains that can't be crossed without losing hit points, in a section of an underworld that lies beneath yet another dungeon which is less dangerous, but is also sealed up with yet another Word of Power, and everything that could have gotten Lord British out of there was either taken from him and hidden, or left in his private chambers?]] Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Shadowlords really, really didn't want Lord British to escape.
14th Jul '16 12:31:47 AM KYCubbie
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* Camp Delta, more commonly - and inaccurately - referred to as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This houses some of the most dangerous prisoners taken by American forces during TheWarOnTerror. There are 12 guards for every one prisoner, and waterboarding was performed regularly until 2008. Escape is considered virtually impossible; even then, an escaped prisoner would find himself in the middle of a US Navy base and having to cross the heavily guarded border with Cuba or swim across the Florida Straits to...America.

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* Camp Delta, more commonly - and inaccurately - referred to as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This houses some of the most dangerous prisoners taken by American forces during TheWarOnTerror. There are 12 guards for every one prisoner, and waterboarding was performed regularly until 2008. Escape is considered virtually impossible; even then, an escaped prisoner would find himself in the middle of a US Navy base and having to cross the heavily guarded border with Cuba or swim across the Windward Passage to Haiti.[[note]]An earlier version of this item said "swim across the Florida Straits to...to... America." That's an even less viable option than either of the above because Gitmo is on the opposite side of Cuba from the Florida Straits. One would either have to swim (or use a makeshift boat) to go around Cuba, or cross said heavily guarded border and then cross the island.[[/note]]
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