Serena Williams, often considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, voiced Ming the Prison Guard on "Avatar: The Last Airbender", after she said it was her "favorite show" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In 2005, a chinese man found that he could still buy lottery tickets within a 5 minute window after the winning numbers were announced. this allowed him to win over $4 million. when chinese authorities caught on, he was sentenced to life in prison reuters.com/article/us-lo…
Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was brutally killed in prison when another inmate beat him to death with a metal bar taken from the prison weight room. The killer later revealed that he was sickened by Dahmer's crimes and his habit of fashioning severed limbs from the prison food. biography.com/crime-figur…
The Stanford Prison Experiment's Results Have Never Been Replicated, and Many Question its Findings, Methodology, Sample Size, and Neutrality. vox.com/2018/6/13/1744911…
The actor who played Crabbe in the Harry Potter series was arrested for looting a drug store with a Molotov cocktail during the 2011 London riots and spent 2 years in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
An increasing number of elderly Japanese people are committing small crimes so they can live in prison for free. People aged 65+ now make up more than a quarter of the prison population in Japan. bbc.co.uk/news/stories-47…
The famous photo of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger at San Quentin in 1969 was taken by photographer Jim Marshall when Marshall asked Cash to share his feelings on the prison authorities, saying to Cash, "John, let's do a shot for the warden" nme.com/news/music/johnny…
The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, the abandoned prison where The Shawshank Redemption was filmed, was purchased for $1 and converted into a tourist attraction that nets $16 million annually. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A West Virginia prison charges prisoners 3-5c per minute to read books on tablets despite prisoners making 4-58c per hour. newsweek.com/west-virgini…
After spending the best part of 60 years in prison, mob boss John Franzese was finally released in 2017 at the age of 100, at the time he was the oldest inmate in the US and the only centenarian in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Due to error in communication, the state of Missouri assumed that a man Michael Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. They only realised that they had forgotten to take him to jail when they were preparing for him to be released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Lethal Weapon 2 opened in South Africa, December 1989. Despite the film's anti-South African stance, it was passed uncut by the censors and it was a huge hit. Two months later, Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Danny Glover had actually portrayed him in HBO’s Mandela (1987) setthetape.com/2019/09/13…
In 2017, a German prison was forced to feed inmates McDonald's after a food supply contract fell through. dw.com/en/german-prison-f…
In 559 BC a chinese prisoner was sentenced to death by being flown off the top of a large tower attached to a kite. He survived the flight, and claimed the record of the highest jump survived by a person in the process. He was later starved to death in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yua…
Today I learned of "The Hole", a prison camp led by Scientology. One former prisoner reported that she had to stand in a rubbish bin for hours while executives screamed in her face and poured water over her. mamamia.com.au/the-hole-s…
In Jamaica, homosexual activity is punishable with up to a decade in prison. However, this law only applies to men, so lesbian activity is legal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGB…
A Kentucky man escaped from jail after a friend of his faxed the prison a false demand for his release from a grocery store. It took two weeks for the authorities to realize their mistake and start looking for him. He was found at his mother’s house. theguardian.com/world/200…
During the American Revolutionary War more Americans lost their lives from neglect aboard British prison ships in New York Bay than died in all the battles of the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The voice actor for Scruff McGruff the crime dog was sentenced to 16 years in prison after police found over 1,000 marijuana plants, guns, a grenade launcher and ammo in his home. cbsnews.com/news/mcgruff-…
Singapore still use caning extensively as a form of punishment in schools, prisons and the government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The US military considers suicide to be a crime, and service members have been sent to prison for attempted suicide. kpbs.org/news/2012/nov/28…
Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Ramzi Yousef (the 1993 World Trade Center bomber), and Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma City bomber), all became friends in prison, and regularly discussed religion and politics until McVeigh's execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
In 2017 Prison inmates in Ohio made a computer hidden in the ceiling, which was connected to the prisons network. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Before Cliven Bundy went to prison for his armed standoff against the government, he was partially responsible for keeping alive a strain of ancient crookneck watermelon who's seeds were found hidden in a cave in Arizona in the 1920s. rareseeds.com/blog/post/a…
Actress Dominique Dunne, most famous for her portrayal of Dana in the 1982 film Poltergeist, was strangled by her ex-boyfriend, John Sweeney, in the driveway of her home shortly after the film's release. She went into a coma and died five days later. Sweeney served less than 4 years in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Almost twice as many people died in captivity on board British prison ships during the American Revolution than were killed in battle. Remains of the dead would wash ashore for years until a memorial was built to intern the remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs on top of a hill in Brooklyn. whitmans-brooklyn.org/por…
The words to the Algerian National Anthem were written by the activist Zakaria with his own blood after being tortured by the French colonialists in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
Dane Cook had to send his brother to prison for stealing millions from him. youtube.com/watch?v=mE2i3…
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) is a program of Bard College that provides college education to people in prison. Currently operating in six prisons across New York State, BPI's academic programs engage students in the full breadth of liberal study and end in associate & bachelor's degree en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Cassette tapes as a format has been kept alive by a unique demographic, US prison inmates chartattack.com/are-priso…
Boxer James Scott was a potential light heavyweight champion while in Rahway State Prison. Three of his professional fights were televised from inside the prison. tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured…
In Norway, the maximum prison sentence for a crime is 21 years. Norway also has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world, at just 20%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
The Edge of Daybreak, a 70s R&B band, recorded their album Eyes of Love in prison. The album was recorded in one take in the visiting room. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle Goat, a straw goat put up and burned almost every year since 1966 in GΓ€vle Sweden. One problem though: the owners hate it when people burn it down and doing so can carry a prison sentence of up to 3 months. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Commercial boosting, the act of a low ranked player paying a highly ranked player to place their account in a high rank, is a criminal offense in South Korea. Punishments can be up to 2 years in prison or a fine up to 20 Million Won, or 18,000 USD. finance.yahoo.com/amphtml…
A prison in the UK had to change every lock because a news program showed keys on live TV standard.co.uk/news/itn-i…
In 1885, British Criminal John "Babbacombe" Lee survived 3 attempts of excecution by hanging. He was dubbed 'The Man Who Could Not Be Hung'. His sentance was changed to 'Life in prison' and was released 22 years later. bbc.co.uk/insideout/south…
Despite having a PHD in statistics, Carl Gugasian, the most prolific bank robber in American history AKA the Friday Bank Robber, chose a life of crime because he feared that he would never find a job due to spending 2 years in prison as a teenager for robbing a candy store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
88 Years ago on 1st Mar, 1932 , 20-mon old son of Charles Lindbergh (who flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927) was kidnapped. Even Al Capone offered his help from prison. In the aftermath of the crime (baby found dead) kidnapping was finally made a federal offense in USA history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned of Patricia Stallings who allegedly poisoned her son with antifreeze and the child died. She had another baby in prison that went to Foster care. The baby had identical symptoms of poisoning however it was determined that both children actually had a genetic disorder. She was later exonerated. law.umich.edu/special/exo…
Today I learned of Hatty, a Labrador retriever who was sworn in as an IL County "Comfort Dog." Her paw was on a law book as an oath was read. Hatty's job is to comfort sexual trauma victims during testimony and interviews; the dog will work 9 - 5 on up to 200 cases per year. She was trained by prison inmates. cnn.com/2019/11/02/us/coo…
Today I learned about Richard McNair who escaped custody three times, once from a High security prison. He lived on the run for years. Even being featured on America's Most Wanted twelve times! knowmorestuff.com/richard…
How a Japanese man named Yoshie Shiratori escaped 4 different harsh Japanese prisons within a 12 year time period, with his most well-known escape involving the use of miso soup youtube.com/watch?v=oI8tr…
Robert Downey, Jr. started using drugs at age 6 when his father gave him pot. By age 8, he admits he was a drug addict. B/n 1995-2001, he cycled through arrests, rehab & prison. Sober since 2001, he became the highest-paid actor 2013-2015 and the 2nd highest-grossing box office star of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The Beatles song, "Come Together" was inspired by a request from Timothy Leary to write a song for his campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan, which promptly ended when Leary was sent to prison for possession of marijuana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned about Dr. Farid Fata, an oncologist who falsely diagnosed 500+ patients with cancer they never had, subjected them to unnecessary treatments, including chemo, and then fraudulently billed over $30 million to their insurance. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
In 1978, a man was sentenced to life in prison for forging an $88 check because he refused to accept a plea deal and had previously been convicted of two felonies. The Supreme Court upheld the decision. caselaw.findlaw.com/us-su…
The longest prison sentence ever, of 1,000,000 years, was received by Chamoy Thipyaso, for her swindling 16,000 Thais en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned about RΓ©doine FaΓ―d, France's most wanted criminal in 2013. A gangster and serial jailbreaker, one of his prison escapes involved hijacking a helicopter with the help of three armed accomplices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C…
Oscar Wilde was a wildly popular Irish writer in the late 1800's. A rival hired a detective to catch him in "acts of sodomy and gross indecency". He served 2 years hard labor in prison for his "crimes". He suffered terribly and almost starved to death. He died at age 46. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
Somebody is serving 30 years in the Supermax Prison for "plotting to build an industrial X-ray machine that would spew lethal doses of radiation powerful enough to kill people from a distance" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX…
Videogame Postal 2 is banned in New Zealand. Possession, distribution or even buying it for personal use is a criminal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $50,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Jeffery Dahlmer was converted and baptized in prison in 1994, where he continued meeting with the minister who baptized him. The pastor received a Thanksgiving Day card in November 1994, thanking him for teaching him God's word. Dahlmer died a few days later. nytimes.com/2007/03/11/us…
Nutmeg contains a hallucinogenic compound called myristicin. You can get high with doses of 15 g of grounded nutmeg, and the effect include, hallucinations, dizziness and memory impairment of the trip. This is why it was part of prison culture in the middle of the twentieth century. healthline.com/health/hig…
Today I learned of a program where shelter cats are cared for by prison inmates. Cats who formerly were in cages can roam freely in a refurbished prison office where inmates are allowed to care for the cats and learn to craft toys, furniture and even knit hats for the cats. youtube.com/watch?v=mpxHz…
Thailand used to have a prison called "Khuk Khi Kai," or "Chicken poop prison." The first floor of the prison contained prisoners, and the second floor was a large chicken coop. The grated floor ensured that prisoners were constantly subjected to chicken poop. chatrium.com/chatrium/gol…
Some rescue groups are sending animals to prison purrfectpals.org/prison/
In 1849 Sarah Thomas aged 17 became the last teenage girl to be hanged in Britain. Found guilty of killing her employer, Sarah was dragged screaming and crying to the gallows pleading for her life. So distressing was the scene that the prison governor even fainted. capitalpunishmentuk.org/t…
A German nurse was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole after he murdered more than 85 patients because he wanted to show off his resuscitation skills and be the hero who saves them on the hospital bed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie…
After visiting a prison in Norway that treated prisoners humanely, a warden from North Dakota went back and reformed her prison based on Norway's model. It later saw sharp decline in violence against inmates and threats against staff usnews.com/news/best-stat…
Today I learned about Eric Lundgren who went to prison for a year because he was said to have violated copyrights and counterfeiting Microsoft Windows Restore CD's which he distributed with refurbished PC's. Corporations such as MS, Dell and HP give these discs away for free. youtu.be/Uv_zBYlZJR8
In most states, even defendants who are found not guilty are billed for the time and services of their public defenders. It is illegal to send someone to prison on a felony charge so in many cases it’s not available to refuse council. theguardian.com/commentis…
"picking quarrels and provoking trouble" is an ill defined crime under the law of the People's Republic of China punishable by up to five years in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
'120 Days of Sodom' was written by the Marquis de Sade in the Bastille prison in 1785. It was considered lost by the author after the storming of the Bastille. It was later rediscovered in the walls of his cell and published in 1904. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
No peer-reviewed attempt to replicate the Stanford Prison Experiment have reproduced the results, leading to allegations of fraud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned of Richard Lee McNair - A criminal who escaped prison, then got stopped by a police officer while on the run and convinced him that he was just a jogger passing by youtube.com/watch?v=vBrnB…
Huddie Ledbetter, famous folk/blues singer Lead Belly (Midnight Special, Where did you sleep last night?) learned most of his songs in prison. He was in prison multiple times for assault and even murder. He escaped once and sang his way out of prison twice by writing songs to residing Governors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Today I learned of HMP Peterhead, a prison that was known as β€œScotland’s Gulag; a prison of no hope”. A report in 2005 found that electricity had just been added to all the cells and human waste was still manually emptied. It closed in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_…
Mia Farrow's brother is currently serving a ten year prison sentence, after pleading guilty to molesting two boys when they were eight and a nine years old. cbsnews.com/news/john-cha…
Tim McVeigh (the Oklahoma City Bomber), Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) and Ramzi Yousef (the 1993 World Trade Center Bomber) All Became Friends In Prison edition.cnn.com/2007/US/l…
In 1973 the Irish Republican Army (IRA) hijacked a helicopter, flew to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, landed in the exercise yard and helped three volunteers escape. It was dubbed 'the escape of the century' and made headlines around the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
The song "Black Betty" (made popular by Ram Jam) was recorded for the first time in 1933 by two US musicologists in a texas prison, with the first recorded version preformed by a prisoner called James "iron head" Baker. Original recording in the comments. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Kai the hitchhicker that saved a woman and went vial in 2013 was recently convicted of murder and sentenced to 57 years in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…
Comedian Joey Diaz kidnapped a man and stole 2 kilos of cocaine from him in 1987. He was arrested for it and sentenced to prison but in 2019 that man went to a Joey Diaz show after they corresponded for 5 years and Diaz apologized for his actions. youtube.com/watch?v=Uxacw…
Ozzy Osbourne spent six weeks in Winson Green Prison when he was unable to pay a fine after being found guilty of burgling a clothes shop; to teach his son a lesson, his father refused to pay the fine wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzy_O…
In 1941 California built a prison for violent inmates where cells were unlocked and there was only a short barbed-wire fence around it blavity.com/when-america-…
James Scott was convicted of "causing a catastrophe" for breaking the West Quincy levee during the great flood of 1993. In reality, the levee broke because of gross mismanagement. Likely due to his past criminal record, Scott was used as a scapegoat. He is currently serving life in prison. riverfronttimes.com/stlou…
Ira Einhorn, a Harvard University teaching fellow and environmental activist who claimed to have been instrumental in organizing the first Earth Day, murdered his ex-girlfriend in 1977 before fleeing to France. By abusing various legal loopholes, he managed to escape prison until 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
In 2015 three inmates from a maximum security prison beat Harvard’s debate team in a competitive debate. cnn.com/2015/10/07/living…
The 1993 World Trade Bomber, the Unabomber, and the Boston Marathon Bomber are all in the same Super Maximum Prison in Florence, CO. america.cgtn.com/2019/11/…
Over 1 million people are buried on a small island in NY. Hart Island has been home to a confederate prison, asylum and β€œboys reformatory” dating as far back as 1869. Many of New York’s most vulnerable have found their way to this island and are laid in mass graves 3 caskets deep. untappedcities.com/2019/0…
Gay men incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps during World War II were forced back into prison even after the Allied forces won that conflict. snopes.com/fact-check/gay…
A murderer will spend, on average, 15 years in prison in the U.S. before being released. bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbde…
Alfred George Hinds today remains remembered as one of the most celebrated British prison break artists. During his life he managed to escape from not one, but three heavily guarded prisons, all in attempt to prove his innocence to the English legal system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Today I learned of Otto Skorzeny, an SS commando who among other feats rescued Mussolini from a mountaintop prison, spread chaos undercover in American uniform and was later recruited by the Mossad en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Polygamy is strictly illegal in the US, meaning even if you mistakenly believe your spouse is dead or your divorce is final, marrying another person is a felony punishable with a 5 year prison sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The song "Midnight Special" is about a steam locomotive that used to pass the Louisiana State Prison and its light would shine into the cells. Prisoners developed a superstition that having the light shine on you would bring fortune and freedom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
Dirk Willems, jailed for his devotion to being an Anabaptist, escaped from prison. But when the guard pursuing him fell through the ice, Willems turned around to save the guard. He was then recaptured, tortured, and killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, US-based missionaries attempted to move 33 "orphans" out of the country for adoption. They were not orphans. The missionary leader was the only one charged with a crime, and she served six months in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The kid that used the remote control lawnmower in Honey I Shrunk the Kids died of a heroin overdose while in prison in Arizona. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of George Martonaro, a man who was sentenced to life without parole on non-violent charges. In his 32 years in the prison system, he learned dozens of subjects, taught numerous courses such as creative writing to over 8000 inmates, and authored more than 30 books. hiphempcafe.com/pages/abo…
Today I learned about Henri CharriΓ¨re. Sentenced to life in prison for a murder he didn't commit, he proceeded to escape from 9 different maximum security prisons, and was later pardoned. wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_…
The murderer of Adolph Coors III (heir to Coors Brewing Co) spent only 19 years in prison despite being an escapee from prison for a previous murder at the time he killed Alfred and despite maintaining his innocence. He committed suicide at age 80. wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolph…
Today I learned about Anthony Pellicano, a Hollywood fixer recently released after 15yrs in prison for multiple indictments, he walked out to a six-figure trust funded by high level execs and Hollywood stars for his silence while incarcerated. deadline.com/2019/03/anth…
Today I learned about Carl Schurz, at first a soldier in the German revolution of '48, who busted out his friend from a prison in Berlin, fled on a boat to Edinburg, emigrated to the US, became a Union General in the Civil War, then US Senator, and later secretary of the interior. Mark Twain wrote his obituary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Actor Tony Burton (Duke Evers in the Rocky films, Assault on Precinct 13, The Shining) was originally a professional boxer. He studied acting while in prison for three years for robbery, and turned it in to a successful career after his release en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
When Hideki Tojo was imprisoned at Sugamo Prison after WWII a dentist named Jack Mallory was tasked with puttinh in new dentures for him, shortly before his execution. Jack Mallory then drilled 'Remember Pearl Harbor' in Morse Code onto his dentures. newsreview.com/chico/mess…
According to one analysis of military veterans in the Uk, 50,000 are coping with mental health conditions, 10,000 are in prison, on parole or on probation and 6,000 have no permanent address. inews.co.uk/news/uk/armed…
, getting caught cheating on China's college entrance exam can get you sentenced to 7 years in prison. globalcitizen.org/en/cont…
In a case of mistaken identity, an inmate spent 17 years in prison until they found his doppelganger who has the same cornrows, facial hair, and first name. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…

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