It costs the state of California $50,000 per year to keep just 1 inmate in jail.
The incarceration rate in the USA is the highest in the world, and that the incarceration rate of its black population exceeds that of South Africa at the height of apartheid.
Guantanamo Bay has a McDonald’s, Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and a Starbucks.
Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was translated into Hebrew by Israeli combat pilots trying to pass the time while being imprisoned in Egypt, and their translation is considered the superior of two versions.
The sagging jeans below your waist in hip-hop culture began in jail when prisoners were detained without a belt for fear they might use it to commit suicide, or kill a fellow inmate.
The Brazilian military police refused to negotiate with rioting prisoners at a State prison (Carandiru) in Sao Paulo and stormed the prison and killed 111 inmates. Most of whom were just hiding in their cells at this point.
Norway has a prison that’s like a summer camp, and its inmates are 3 times less likely to be repeat offenders than US and UK prisoners.
It is possible to get drunk in prison thanks to a special thing called “prison wine” or “pruno”. It is an alcoholic liquid variously made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, ketchup, sugar, and possibly other ingredients, including bread. Pruno originated in (and remains largely confined to) prisons, where it can be produced cheaply, easily, and discreetly. The taste is described as vomit flavored wine cooler.