Location: Lhasa, Tibet
Notable Residents: Jigme Gyatso, Passang Lhamo
Amenities: Prisoners receive beatings for participating in protests
Don't look at a guard the wrong way inside of Tibet's largest prison, or else you might get shot. Drapchi Prison, or Lhasa Prison No. 1, was originally constructed as a military garrison, but was refashioned as a prison following the Tibetan uprising of 1959. A nine-unit prison officially opened in 1965. It is currently used to hold political prisoners ranging from teens to the elderly.
Ruled with an unreasonable iron fist, it is one of the most feared prisons in Tibet. You can be beaten severely for participating in any type of protest. Even if prisoners survive the beatings and finish their sentences, they can easily be arrested and jailed again, only to face more beatings. Thirteen nuns were sent to Drapchi in 1994 for protesting Chinese rule in Lhasa, and 100 female political prisoners that lived in Drapchi's third unit went on a hunger strike to protest their incarceration. After a week, prison officers decided to ease up on the brutality out of fear that the deaths of these women would bring negative global attention to the prison.