The Justice Center Leoben is the most luxurious jail in Austria
When most of the people think of prison, they feel an unsettling clench of dread, like it’s Hell with worse food. And of course, there are the conditions where people are in their cell for 23 hours a day.
Well, that’s not the case at the Justice Center Leoben, which may just be the most luxurious jail in the world.
Justice Center Leoben is a prison in Leoben in Styria, Austria, which is designed by architect Joseph Hohensinn. The building was completed in 2004. The jail doesn’t allow for overcrowding and it allowed to keep only 205 prisoners at the absolute maximum.
The jail symbolises humanity and has penned down two heart touching quotes on mankind.
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
The second one says “All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person”
Along with abundant natural light, a courtyard and barred-off balconies, the average prisoner is also afforded a living space with prisoners own kitchenette. They have floor to ceiling windows allowing prisoners to see the outdoors. The windows also open up to balconies on some of the floors.
There are outdoor communal areas and three courtyards that are enclosed by bars. The inmates can play ping pong in the courtyard.
This jail has grabbed a lot of negative attention in America. But in Europe, it has impacted in a positive way. They are even thinking about building the same kind of prison on the outskirts of Berlin as well.
Many peoples think this prison is more of white-collar, but it houses prisoners that are simply waiting for trial all the way up to extreme violent offenders.
The prison was not designed just to look good from the outside and provide a luxurious life to criminals. Their aims are to make prisoners feel comfortable while they are in a developing surrounding where they have time to think about the crimes they did. They hope it will inspire them to live better lives once they are released back into the general public of society.
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