In 1995 an inmate filed a US$5 million lawsuit against himself. He claimed that he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested. He then asked the state to pay because he had no income in jail.
In 2013 four female prison guards were all found to have been impregnated by the same inmate.
In 2012 a Vermont State Police trooper discovered a pig-shaped spot in a cow in the logo on his patrol car. Inmates at a correctional facility were responsible for printing the decals.
In Texas, prison inmates have to pay $100 a year out of their personal account to see a doctor for a sickness that is not an emergency or a chronic illness. If they don’t have the money, half of all future funds deposited into their account are put towards the debt.
A man was once accidentally released from prison 90 years early due to clerical error. He then started building his life by getting a job, getting married, having kids, coaching youth soccer, being active in his church. Authorities realized the mistake 6 years later and sent him back to prison.
There was a fire at Ohio Penitentiary that killed 322 and injured 150 inmates. Some guards refused to unlock cells, so inmates overpowered guards and took their keys to rescue other prisoners.
Private-enterprise prisons have recognized that providing inmates with cable television can be a more economical method to keep them quiet and subdued than it would be to hire more guards.
A California prison inmate smuggled 2 boxes of staples, a pencil sharpener, sharpener blades, and 3 jumbo binder rings in his rectum, earning him the nickname “O.D.”—“Office Depot.”
There is a town in Brazil that powers its streetlights by having convicts pedal bicycles attached to generators.
There’s a town in Brazil that powers its streetlights by having convicts pedal bicycles attached to generators.