Women Serving Their Sentences In One Of The Russian Prisons Perfectly Re-Creating Classic Paintings

Women Serving Their Sentences In One Of The Russian Prisons Perfectly Re-Creating Classic Paintings

At the IK-2 correctional facility in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, women serving their sentence took part in the “Isolation” contest. Continue reading »

A Street Artist Creates Giant Mural In A Maximum Security Prison In California

A Street Artist Creates Giant Mural In A Maximum Security Prison In California

It’s been amazing to see JR’s projects take shape over the past few years, from inmmersive city video murals to the wheatpasting at the foot of the Louvre. There’s an energy in his work that is so palpable. Continue reading »

Architects Create Concept Prison Ship That Can Hold 3,300 Tax-Avoiders In Game Of Thrones-Style ‘Sky Cells’

Architects Create Concept Prison Ship That Can Hold 3,300 Tax-Avoiders In Game Of Thrones-Style 'Sky Cells'

A giant jail ship with thousands of pods similar to the ‘sky cells’ that kept Tyrion Lannister prisoner in Game of Thrones has been designed by architects. Designers have drawn up plans for a giant boat that could hold 3,300 prisoners in its paper sails. They say the ship is designed to be a prison for the tax-avoiders named and shamed in the Panama Papers. Continue reading »

A Man Studied Photography In Prison. These Are The Photos He Took When He Got Out.

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Photo © by Donato Di Camillo

It was 2014 when New Yorker Donato Di Camillo could finally roam the city he knew and loved, camera in tow, documenting the unfamiliar faces and eccentric individuals that passed him by. This pastime, however, had long been kept from him. Di Camillo first became interested in photography eight years prior, while serving time in prison for a federal crime. Locked behind bars, Di Camillo obsessively pored over the glossy pages of National Geographic, Time, and Smithsonian magazines, enchanted by the images of the outside world beyond his reach. Continue reading »

Urban Explorers Infiltrate An Abandoned Prison In Europe

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Image credit: Dan Raven

Urban explorer and photographer Dan Raven has spent a great deal of time documenting scenes of urban decay and abandonment across Europe and the United States. The fact that he prefers not to reveal the names and locations of many of the haunting abandoned places he photographs only serves to make the scenes of desolation and dereliction all the more compelling, allowing us to ponder the stories behind these vast empty structures that have clearly had their day – for better or worse. Continue reading »

Israel Prison Hosts Inmate Fashion Show

“Neve Tirza prison, Israel’s only women’s prison, hosted its first fashion show on Monday where models on towering heels strutted on a red catwalk, showcasing clothes designed and made by inmates. The prisoners were all part of a rehabilitative project meant to grant them skills they might use upon their release, as well as restore self-confidence following an extended period in jail”. – The Associated Press.

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In this Monday, October 27, 2014 photo, a model adjusts her dress before walking a runway for a fashion show in Neve Tirza prison in Ramle, central Israel. Neve Tirza, Israel’s only women’s prison, hosted its first fashion show Monday where models on towering heels strutted on a red catwalk, showcasing clothes designed and made by inmates. (Photo by Oded Balilty/AP Photo)
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A Prison Themed Restaurant in China

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This picture taken on September 9, 2014 shows a waiteress handing over food to customers at a prison themed restaurant in Tianjin. As more themed restaurants are popular in China, a “prison style” restaurent in Tianjin is aimed at reminding people to observe the law and to be good citizens. (Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP Photo)
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Prison Inmate Dances to Freedom

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Le Xin dances at Chongqing Women’s Prison in this undated photo.

With a well-proportioned figure and soft movements, 34 year-old Le Xin (not her real name) was holding the last classic pose in a Dai ethnic dance, seemingly ignoring the lasting applause and cries of “encore”.
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Prison in Norway. From Flat-screen TVs to Jogging Trails, Here’s Where Norway’s Mass Murderer Could End Up.

Here’s how photographer Alex Masi introduces the project at his gallery on PhotoShelter:

Can luxury prisons and a more humane approach to detention be a deterrent for crime in modern society?
The answer lies in Halden, Norway.

About a 100 Km south of Oslo, a state of-the-art prison considered by many the World’s most ‘luxurious’ has opened in June 2010, in a country already boasting criminal and rehabilitation systems of the highest standards.

Individual cells come with an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV and various comforts. They measure 12 square meters and are divided up into units (10 to 12) which share a living room and kitchen, similarly to a students’ dormitory. The windows are not fitted with bars, but thick glass is used instead.

The prison – the second-largest in Norway – costs 165m Euro and accommodates 248 male inmates. Some 760,000 Euro were spent just on artworks, some of which commissioned to Norway’s most renowned street artist, Dolk.

The inmates can attend a vast range of formative courses at a official high school located inside the prison. Subjects can include languages, IT, science, catering, music, (there is even a professional sound studio) art and handicraft and several sports.

Prison in Norway. From Flat-screen TVs to Jogging Trails, Here's Where Norway's Mass Murderer Could End Up.

Norway’s unrepentant mass killer, Anders Behring Breivik, is now under arrest. And he should count himself lucky for – if entirely undeserving of – a penal system in that country that is among the cushiest in the world. There’s no capital punishment, and the longest jail term allowed is 21 years (a caveat: if a prisoner is deemed to still be a threat, his sentence can be extended in five-year blocks indefinitely, though it’s highly unlikely, according to Norwegian officials). In Norway, rehabilitation is the guiding principle, not punishment – a somewhat difficult notion to swallow given the gravity and callousness of his crimes. Continue reading »