When you think of prisons, your mind tends to go to thoughts of dank cells and rickety bunk beds. A few compounds, however, have surprisingly luxe amenities. Some of these nice prisons are on old college campuses to give the incarcerated a more scholarly feel, and others have “open designs” that allow prisoners to roam freely, work in community gardens, and more or less take care of themselves. On this list, we’ve collected information about some of the fanciest prisons in the world.
Bastoy Prison, NorwayVideo: YouTube
This minimum security prison is located on Bastoy Island in the middle of the Oslofjord. It houses slightly over 100 inmates who live in small cottages and work on the prison farm. Sunbathing, in addition to tennis, fishing, and horseback riding are the preferred pastimes of the prisoners.
Justice Center Leoben, Austria
In the Justice Center at Leoben, each prisoner is given a single cell, with a private bathroom, and kitchenette, plus a television. The weight room, basketball court, and outdoor recreation area add to the list of perks and amenities.
Sollentuna Prison, Sweden
This top-of-the-line prison in Sollentuna includes cells with comfortable mattresses and private bathrooms. After prisoners hit the weight room, they can cook dinner in the state-of-the-art kitchen before kicking back and watching TV on the couch.
Halden Prison, Norway
Those held at Norway's Halden Prison can spend time in the library, or get into cooking in their well-stocked kitchen.