Location: Leoben, Austria
Notable Residents: n/a
Amenities: Spacious kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows
Every prison isn't crazy because of brutality or atrocious living quarters. The Justice Center at Leoben stands out from the rest because it is a beautiful work of architecture, not just an unusually attractive prison. The prison, which holds groups of up to 13, and courthouse were built by architect Josef Hohensinn in 2004. Prisoners are able to move freely through their cells and shared spaces, and each prisoner has his own bathroom, kitchen area, and floor-to-ceiling window that opens up onto a balcony. We know, it sounds more like a luxury apartment then a cell.
There are three courtyards and multiple outdoor communal spaces enclosed by bars. Hell, there's even an inscription that reads, "All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person." The room for conjugal visits features red chairs that Ikea would envy. Ever been jealous of how a prisoner lives? No? Good, because it's still a prison.