It costs $44,563 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year in California—nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University with room and board.
German prisoners of war in the U.S during WWII were allowed outside camps without guards solely on the honor system. No prisoner ever ran away.
Louisiana is the prison capital of the world – 1 out of every 86 adults is behind bars, which is the highest rate in the US and twice the national rate.
Chinese prisoners are forced to farm World of Warcraft gold – there are thought to be 100,000 full-time gold farmers in the country.
There is a “three generations of punishment” sentence in North Korea. This means a person would be sent to the camp along with that person’s entire family and two subsequent generations of family members would be born in prison and live their entire lives there.
Brazil Prisons offer their prisoners to reduce their sentence for 4 days (up to 48 days/year) for every Book they read and write a report on.
Bolivia’s largest prison has a society within itself and no guards inside the walls. Inmates elect their own leaders, make their own laws, get jobs to pay for their cell’s rent, and can even live with their families.
On average prison food is healthier than school food and is cheaper per person.
Norway has a minimum security island-prison where inmates are almost free to do as they wish. The criminals interred there are among Norway’s worst, but it has the lowest rate of re-offending in Europe, if not the world.