In Australia, a man escaped prison so many times that a special maximum security prison was built for him. After it, the Governor made a promise to him “If you get out again, I’ll forgive you”. And of course he escaped again, and the Governor kept his word and set him free.
In response to Britain sending their convicts to America in the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin suggested sending back shiploads of rattlesnakes to return the favor.
There’s a town in Brazil that powers its streetlights by having convicts pedal bicycles attached to generators.