Portlaoise Prison, Ireland

Supermax Prisons

Anti-aircraft guns, accurate and precise rifle-armed men ready to shoot on guard towers and a barrage of door escape sensors and cameras pointing at almost every possible angle in the facility; all these features give it more a look of a border control agency rather than a prison! This prison came into operation in the late 1830’s. It has an operational capacity of 399 prisoners, however, considering the danger associated with every prisoner, the numbers are kept far below the capacity. The ones captivated here are the most serious drug offenders, serial killers and ruthless rapists who will stop at nothing. Since it hosts such high profile criminals, there have been numerous attempts of external bombings to initiate a massive breakout. This is why the region above the prison is labelled as a “NO FLY ZONE” to ensure Supermax security!

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