Category: prison

Two brothers from a set of triplets fooled prison authorities in…

Two brothers from a set of triplets fooled prison authorities in Russia when one brother swapped places with the other to give him a brief taste of freedom. Rather than returning, the freed brother ran off with his brother’s girlfriend. It took years for the authorities to realize they had been duped.

At Norway’s maximum-security Halden Prison, prisoners are…

At Norway’s maximum-security Halden Prison, prisoners are paid 53 kroner ($9) per day to leave their cells, which are equipped with a video game console, mini-fridge, and a window with no bars. Guard stations are tiny and cramped to encourage them to interact with the prisoners.

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In Japan, lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the…

In Japan, lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. These people often say they have no one to turn to when they need help.

Louis Armstrong was an avid pot smoker all his life. He was…

Louis Armstrong was an avid pot smoker all his life. He was arrested for drug possession in New Orleans in 1930, and was jailed 9 days for it, but described marijuana as being “a thousand times better than whiskey”.

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In 2001, drug lord El Chapo escaped from prison in a dirty…

In 2001, drug lord El Chapo escaped from prison in a dirty laundry basket. After bribing multiple guards, he was wheeled out of prison hidden inside it. The escape allegedly cost him over $2.5m. In 2015, he escaped again through a tunnel leading from the shower area to a house construction site. 

In 2001, drug lord El Chapo escaped from prison in a dirty…

In 2001, drug lord El Chapo escaped from prison in a dirty laundry basket. After bribing multiple guards, he was wheeled out of prison hidden inside it. The escape allegedly cost him over $2.5m. In 2015, he escaped again through a tunnel leading from the shower area to a house construction site. 

Christopher Columbus was thrown in jail upon his return to Spain…

Christopher Columbus was thrown in jail upon his return to Spain for mistreating the native population of Hispaniola.

Steven Russell escaped from prison by using laxatives to fake…

Steven Russell escaped from prison by using laxatives to fake the symptoms of AIDS. He then called the prison, posing as a doctor, asking for prisoners interested in an experimental treatment and, of course, volunteered. Once out of Texas, he sent death certificates to the prison stating he had died.

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A man who faked mental illness to escape jail was sent to an…

A man who faked mental illness to escape jail was sent to an asylum. He was released after 14 years of trying to convince the doctors that he was sane. He was diagnosed as a psychopath because in part: “Faking mental illness to get out of a prison sentence is exactly the kind of manipulative act you’d expect of a psychopath.”

There is no record of a successful escape from the Alcatraz…

There is no record of a successful escape from the Alcatraz Island prison in San Francisco Bay. An Interesting, preventative tactic they used was to provide the prisoners with hot water showers to make them more vulnerable to frigid waters of the Bay during an escape attempt.