Inside world’s toughest prisons from murder and gang violence to child abuse

Inside world’s toughest prisons from murder and gang violence to child abuse

Daily Star

British socialite Jasmine Hartin is currently locked up in a prison in Belize, accused of shooting dead policeman Henry Jemmott on the island.

She’s reportedly not been visited in Belize Central Prison by her family since she was arrested almost two weeks ago.

That may have helped take her mind off the hellish conditions she now finds herself living in.

The notorious jail is supposedly infested with scorpions, house members of rival gangs who have bloody battles inside and the inmates are fed fly-ridden pigs heads.

While Belize Central Prison will be a world away from the conditions Hartin will be used to, it is by no means the roughest prison in the world — here are a few of the worst.

Sabaneta Prison, Venezeula

Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world, so perhaps it is not a surprise that the country’s prisons are among the most violent in the world.

Sabaneta Prison, in Maracaibo, was the most brutal of the lot.

It was hideously overcrowded, at one point housing 3,700 people in a space built for around 700. This lead to a prisoner to guard ratio of around 150:1.

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