Not all prisons are colorless concrete boxes.
Around the world, from Denmark to England to India, there are high-security facilities that feature stunning architecture and interior design.
Many of the most beautiful prisons are centuries-old, but some are more modern and feature sleek, simple designs.
Here is a sampling.
Austria's Justice Center was designed by Joseph Hohensinn to let in ample light. There are two inscriptions by the entrance, each affirming inmates' right to dignity and humanity.
Norway's Halden Prison lets inmates cook, play video games, shoot hoops, and sleep on plush beds. Rooms look more like college dorms than cells. The idea is to treat convicts like people, so they will re-enter society in a healthy mindset.
Villa Sbertoli, an Italian prison and mental hospital, was built in the 18th century and featured vaulted ceilings, interior balconies, and colorful frescoes.
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