Location: Puget Sound, WA
Notable Residents: Robert Stroud, Charles Manson
Amenities: A beautiful view of the water you'll probably drown in during your escape
McNeil Island is a six-square-mile segment of land north of Anderson Island, separated from Key Peninsula by Pitt Passage. The government purchased the island in 1870, and five years later McNeil Island Corrections Center opened for business. It was originally used as a territorial correctional facility before coming under the direction of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The state began leasing it to the government during the early 1980s.
In 1984, McNeil was handed over to the federal government. Near the end of 2010, the state decided that it would close the facility the following year in order to save $14 million. The prison officially closed on April 1, 2011, and the remaining inmates were transferred to other state prisons. It was one of the Americas's last remaining island prisons.