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A prison island is an island housing a prison. Islands have often been used as sites of prisons throughout history due to their natural isolation preventing escape.[1][2]

Prison islands by country

United States

France

Russia

Tanzania

  • Changuu, known as 'Prison Island'. Held rebellious slaves in 1860s.

Malaysia

  • Jerejak Island, location of the Jerejak Rehabilitation Centre from 1969 to 1993. Called the 'Alcatraz of Malaysia'.

South Africa

  • Robben Island, location of Robben Island Prison from 1961 to 1996.

Turkey

  • İmralı island, location of a prison since 1935.

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