Top High Security Prisons around the World

Five Prisons No One Can Escape From

What does it take to be able to hold the most notorious criminals in the world? Special arrangements must be undertaken to make sure that the absolute worst of the worst will stay behind bars and that they will not be able to escape to rejoin society.

This is where supermax high-security prisons become relevant. This kind of prison guarantee that the most dangerous criminals are being strictly segregated on a long-term basis. Authorities ensure that they do not pose a threat to security and the peace and order situation any more by keeping them inside.

Here are 5 of what are considered to be the prisons which are the most difficult to break out of globally. Conditions may be potentially unlivable, which is probably appropriate given the kind of people who live in them.

ADX Florence, USA

 ASX Florence, which is in Colorado, is perhaps the most secure prison on the planet. This Prison is a maximum lock-down jail where it is said that prisoners are lucky if they ever get to see the sun at all. This involves a cell that has no direct access. Furthermore, its dwellers are locked up the whole day, denied any measure that could possibly help them get out, let alone, escape.

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Misdemeanors vs. Felonies


If you are being charged with a crime, the offense types fall into three different levels: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. It is imperative that you understand the differences between them, especially misdemeanors vs. felonies.

Infractions, also known as violations

Infractions are sometimes called violations. They are smaller offenses that are usually punished by fines instead of jail time. Infractions cannot result in jail time or probation. If you are charged with an infraction, you do not have the right to a jury trial or a court-appointed attorney if you can’t afford your own representation. Traffic violations are the most common infractions.

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The Difference between Jail and Prison

The Difference between Jail and Prison

The type of facility a convicted criminal will serve their time depends on the level and severity of the crime, the class of the crime, and the type of crime committed. In the following article, I will explain the difference between jail and prison while also mentioning federal prison. Focus will be given to the offense committed by the inmate.

County Jail

County jails are funded and run by the county or city government.

People who are sent to County Jails fit one of three criteria:

  • The person was just arrested and is being for a plea bargain, trial, or sentencing.
  • County Jails also act as holding cells for those who were transferred and are awaiting transportation to State or Federal Prison.
  • People who have only been convicted of misdemeanors and are serving shorter sentences; usually only a year or less.

State Prison

State prisons are funded and run by the state or federal government, and are often referred to as penitentiaries.

People are sent to State Prison if they fit these criteria:

  • The person has been convicted of a felony criminal offense and is serving a sentence longer than a year.
  • Those who are released from prison are usually released under the supervision of parole officers, halfway houses, or other type of community program.

Federal Prison

Federal Prisons are funded and run by the federal government. The requirements of being sentenced to federal prison are much stricter than any other correctional facility.

People are sent to Federal Prison if they commit the following types of crimes:

  • If the person committed a crime on federal property, like a national park or military base.
  • If the person committed a crime against a federal officer, like a DEA or FBI agent.
  • If the person commits a crime across state lines; like kidnapping or murdering a victim and driving them through several states.
  • If the person commits a crime that involves immigration or customs violations; such as human trafficking.

Further reading:

The Bureau of Justice Statistics – Information on correctional population in the United States



Probation in Florida

Probation in Florida

If you are convicted of a crime that is eligible for probation in Florida, it’s important to understand the rules and regulations that go along with choosing probation. Florida has very strict laws for the probationer, and agreeing to probation is agreeing to give up quite a few rights and subject yourself to quite a few rules.

Reporting to your Probation Supervisor

If you are on probation in Florida, your Probation Supervisor has a lot of authority in your life. You must report to your supervisor when directed, and your supervisor can visit your home, work, etc. at any time to confirm that you are complying with the terms of your probation.

You cannot move out of your residence or county without permission from your supervisor. You cannot change employment without notifying your supervisor. Basically, your supervisor has absolute power. If you encounter a problem with your supervisor, make sure to do as they say and talk to your lawyer afterwards.

If the supervisor is breaking laws or conducting themselves inappropriately, it’s better to let your lawyer work it out, rather than getting in trouble for refusing to comply. Your probation officer will also administer random drug/alcohol tests, and you are responsible for paying for them.

Responsibilities and Restrictions

prison-cellIf you are on probation, there are a few responsibilities and restrictions to remember. You are not allowed to own a firearm or weapon of any kind. You cannot violate any law while on probation; it will result in a suspension of your probation. You must support your dependents, and not associate with anyone engaged in criminal activity. You must also submit your DNA and a digitized photograph of yourself for records purposes.

Financial Responsibilities

You are required to make reparation or restitution to the aggrieved party. The amount is determined by the court. You must also pay fees associated with your probation, including probation fees, drug/alcohol test fees, court and lawyer costs, and any debt due to the county that you accrued while incarcerated.

These are the basics of Florida probation laws. The court also has the power to add provisions to your probation guidelines. You should bear in mind that probation is considered a privilege. Florida abolished parole eligibility for almost every offense dated after 1983, so if your charge is minor enough to receive probation, take advantage of it. Criminals that are ineligible for probation will usually end up serving their entire term.

Further reading:

Official data on probation and parole in the United States