It is not easy to be away from your family and to live in building with large fencing, watch towers, large gate and 24 – 7 security guards, but when you do the crime, you have to do the time. Prisons are one of the worst places in the world to spend time since you will be living in a 6 by 8 dark, dirty, and overcrowded room, the typical prison around the world. However, a few criminals can still live in luxury despite being imprisoned for the most inhumane act as some of the prisons around the world provide 5 star amenities and facilities.

Believe it or not, there are prisons that provide more than just comfort to their long term and short term guests as the world’s most luxurious prisons provide not just clean and well lighted room but also spacious rooms, TV, well equipped gym, refrigerator and good food.

In fact, these prisons can even provide a luxurious life because of the lavishness of the cells and the entire prison. There is no doubt that even you would not mind staying for a few years.

Check out the best and most unusual prisons in the world;

Best Prisons in America

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Santa Ana Jail – California

The Santa Ana jail pay-to-stay program allows offenders with minor crimes like drunk driving to pay to stay in a clean jail and even worked outside. That’s right, if you are sentence to jail and can pay $82 a day, you can have a clean room and opportunity to continue working outside, just make sure you return afterwards to sleep and get strip searched. The Santa Ana jail also known as the Hilton, also allows their prisoners to bring iPods and laptops into their cells.

Octago Corrections Facility
Octago Corrections Facility has been dubbed as the “Milton Hilton” because of the prisons luxurious facility. The prisons are famous for its underfloor heating, library, flatscreen television, gymnasium and other facilities considered luxurious when compared to other prisons in America.
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Worlds Best Prison

Halden Prison – Norway

The Halden Prison is considered the most “humane prison” in the world. The second largest prison in Norway designed to help rehabilitate prisoners, so the entire facilities looks a lot like the outside. You see, criminals sent to the Halden prison can have an easy life because of the wonderful amenities that include a sound studio, jogging trails, and house for visiting families who wish to spend the night. The rooms of the inmates are spacious, with TVs, coffee table, minifridge, and certainly well lighted.

The other thing that makes Halden different is the fact that Inmates can also cook their own food and even take cooking classes as the place encourage activities that rehabilitate individuals. By the way, there are bars on every window and guards do not carry guns.

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Austrian Prison
Austria has the best prison design in the world. The place has well furnished and spacious clean room, with TV. The amenities are first class, and the entire building made of stainless steel and glass is just beautiful.

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Most Unusual Prisons

The San Pedro Prison – Bolivia

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This prison in Bolivia is certainly unusual as inmates buy their cells. Once a prisoner stepped inside the security gates, you can see market stalls, hairdressers, restaurants and even children playing everywhere, and the cool thing is that there are no guards or cells with metals bars. But of course, you can only stay in posh cells by paying for your accommodation, and this is the reason why prisoners have to work inside, so they have money to pay for comfortable living arrangement.

Chetumal – Mexico

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Inmates in this prison settle this misunderstanding on the ring. That’s right! If there is a disagreement, inmates just put on the gloves and boxed to settle the matter. The prison cell also has excellent art programs, wherein the products made by prisoners are sold to tourists and visitors.

Nicest Prisons in the World

Bastoey Prison – Norway

The Bastoey is the first ecological prison in the world. The ecological prison or Small Island is self-sufficient as place generate 70% of electricity from solar panels. The place also produces food and most importantly all the produce are organic.

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Bastoey prison is more like a summer camp for criminals as the place resemble a camp with activities like horse riding, swimming and tennis, anyone sentence to this place will certainly have an easy life.

Aranjuez Prison – Spain

The Aranjuez Prison has cell units designed for inmates with families. The cell walls are covered with famous Disney characters and other things for babies and toddlers. The prison encourage family bonding, so 36 unites set aside for imprisoned parents.

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Prisons in Philippines

Cebu Prison – Philippines

Filipinos are fun and happy people, no wonder they enjoy good entertainment even inside the prison. Murderers, sex offenders, and drug dealers regularly dance to the latest music. In fact, the prison became popular after their viral “thriller” dance landed in the top five of the “Top ten viral videos” of the Time magazine.

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The prisoners, about 1500 dance in unison to the beat of Michael Jackson “thriller” to the latest hit song “Opa Gangnam Style” of Psy in front of tourists. By the way, prisoner’s performance is not free on cultural or charitable events.

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