Worst Prisons

Top 5 Best and Worst Prisons in the US

Introduction Worst Prisons

Worst Prisons is a terrible place, no matter how you slice it. It’s basically a way to keep criminals away from society and make sure they don’t do anything else bad (that we know of). But some prisons are worse than others. Some are better! This list will provide you with information about the top five best – and worst – prisons in the United States

ADX Florence

ADX Florence is a supermax prison in Colorado that houses the country’s most dangerous inmates. The prison has been known to house inmates with long sentences, as well as those who have committed violent crimes. ADX Florence also has a reputation for being the toughest prison in the United States, due to its strict rules and regulations.

Located in the foothills of Colorado, ADX Florence was built on what was once an old farm owned by former CIA director William Colby, who died there in 1996. The facility opened in 1994 and houses about 500 prisoners. It’s located just 15 miles east of Grand Junction, CO.

The federal supermax prison in Colorado is known for housing the country’s most dangerous inmates.

  • ADX Florence is a federal supermax prison in Colorado that houses the most dangerous inmates in the country. It’s also known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”
  • The prison has an escape rate of 0% since it opened in 1994. It has also never been successfully stormed by armed prisoners, or even remotely controlled by them.
  • Prisoners are allowed out of their cells for 23 hours per week, with additional time granted based on good behavior and work performance. Inmates can choose to participate in educational programs or self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous. There are no televisions or radios allowed at ADX Florence; however there are books available to prisoners who qualify for them through their participation in educational programs or good behavior/work performance status.

Pelican Bay State Prison

Pelican Bay State Prison is located in Crescent City, California. It was built on a former timber farm and has become known for its solitary confinement units. The prison is often considered one of the harshest prisons in the US, with many inmates saying it’s impossible to survive there without committing acts of violence or murder. If you’re going to Pelican Bay, expect to see some serious prison action.

The Pelican Bay State Prison sits along the coast of California.

The Pelican Bay State Prison sits along the coast of California, and it’s one of the most remote prisons in the country. The closest town is Crescent City, which is about fifteen miles away. Surrounded by water, this prison has an extensive system of fences and electronic security devices that help prevent escapes. This high-security prison houses some of California’s most dangerous criminals.

The Pelican Bay State Prison was designed to keep its inmates in isolation from each other; they are kept in their own cells for 23 hours a day with just one hour a day spent outside alone in an exercise yard. This type of setup encourages violence among prisoners because they have little opportunity to interact socially with other people who aren’t working there as guards or administrators at the facility itself (which limits interaction between inmates).

Alcatraz Island served this purpose well before any correctional facility was built on land near San Francisco Bay; it housed notorious inmates like Al Capone before construction started on facilities like USP Marion and ADX Florence where he would’ve likely been sent instead if those facilities existed then.

Rikers Island Correctional Facility

Rikers Island is the largest jail in the world, with over 10,000 inmates. It was built in 1884 after the New York State Legislature passed a bill to establish a penitentiary on Rikers Island. Since then it has been home to some of the worst criminals in American history including serial killers such as David Berkowitz (aka Son of Sam) and Ramon Salcido; gang members such as John Gotti; and even former president Richard Nixon who served time there during his investigation into Watergate.

Rikers has also been subject to numerous lawsuits and investigations over its treatment of inmates which include excessive force by officers, prolonged solitary confinement for minor infractions, failure to provide adequate medical care for prisoners with mental health issues etc…

Despite these problems there have been some positive steps taken towards improving conditions at Rikers Island recently under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership but many more improvements are still needed if we want our criminal justice system to function properly without violating basic human rights principles or causing undue suffering amongst those incarcerated therein

Rikers is a 10-jail facility in Queens, New York.

Rikers Island is a 10-jail facility in Queens, New York. It is the largest jail in the world and houses up to 11,000 inmates at any given time. The prison was built in 1932 on an island in the East River, with separate facilities for men and women. It was designed to hold up to 5,000 inmates but now houses more than 10 times that amount.

The prison has been plagued by violence inside its walls—from sexual assaults against female staff members to violent attacks by prisoners upon one another. To make matters worse, there’s been a recent surge of overdoses among inmates due to synthetic drugs like K2 being smuggled into Rikers by guards who work there (yes—you read that correctly).

San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin State Prison is a California state prison located on San Francisco Bay. The prison was originally built in 1852 and opened in July 1854, making it the oldest prison in California. The facility is located on the site of the former Fort San Quentin.

In 2018, 756 prisoners were executed at San Quentin—more than any other US state or federal correctional institution since 1976 (the year when executions resumed following United States v. Gregg).

The oldest prison in California, San Quentin is located on an island and is home to over 4,000 inmates.

San Quentin, located on an island in the San Francisco Bay, is the oldest prison in California. It was built in 1852 and housed its first inmates in 1854. When it opened, it housed just over 1,000 prisoners; now it holds more than 4,000 prisoners. The prison was closed in 1963 but reopened five years later as a maximum security prison.

San Quentin has had several famous inmates over its long history including Charles Manson and Steve McQueen (who died while serving time there). In addition to these famous prisoners though there have been some pretty terrible conditions at San Quentin that have led to deaths of both guards and inmates alike due to overcrowding and violence amongst prisoners themselves.

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a federal prison located on an island off the coast of California. The prison was closed in 1963, following a 14 year riot. Alcatraz is now a National Historic Landmark, and you can visit the island to see what remains of it today (though there isn’t much).

Alcatraz housed some of the most dangerous criminals in US history including Robert Stroud AKA “Birdman of Alcatraz,” who killed several people while he was jailed at Leavenworth; George “Machine Gun” Kelly responsible for kidnapping two police officers during prohibition; Arthur R.

“Doc” Barker known as one of Bonnie and Clyde’s gang members; Alvin Karpis who was once called Public Enemy #1 by J Edgar Hoover after escaping from several prisons including Leavenworth; and James “Whitey” Bulger head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang who was caught after being involved with 11 murders in 2013 (he received life without parole).

The now-closed prison was first built in 1868 on an island 1.25 miles off the coast of California.

Alcatraz, now a national park, was once a federal prison. This is the place you hear about when people talk about Alcatraz as it is where many of America’s most notorious criminals were sent to do time. It was opened in 1934 and closed in 1963 due to its high cost of running.

Alcatraz is an island located just 1.25 miles off San Francisco Bay, making it easy for tourists to visit via ferry boat or seaplane. The prison still stands today as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. however, most of the former cell blocks have been converted into museums or visitor centers where you can learn all about what life was like behind bars here during those years when Alcatraz served as a maximum security facility for some of America’s worst offenders (including Al Capone).

Some prisons are better than others but they are all still terrible places to be

If you’re thinking about committing a crime, don’t. The best way to avoid prison is never to commit a crime in the first place. But if you do find yourself behind bars, there are worse places than others—and some prisons are better than others but they are all still terrible places to be.

In general, there is no such thing as a good prison or bad prison. If you’re in one then it’s not good for you and if you’re not then it’s great that you’re not there.

Also read: America’s 10 Most Dangerous Prisons


Prisons are terrible places. They are designed to punish people who have done wrong, but they also punish those who don’t deserve it. Some prisons are better than others, but they’re all still terrible places to be.