The world’s only functioning floating prison.
Correctional center Vernon C. Bain — the world’s only functioning floating prison. She moored at Rikers island, near new York, the largest penal colony in the world. This blue and white monster 47326 weighs tons and can accommodate at least 800 prisoners. Prisoners call it “the Boat” and rightly considered a place from which it is extremely difficult to escape. Since 1992 it managed barely two.
The floating prison, the Vernon C. Bain was named after the respected (obviously, only in their environment) the warden Vernon C. Bain. Its creation was caused by the attempt to solve the problem of overcrowding on Rikers island, where prisoners were Packed like herrings in a barrel.
In 1990, the U.S. government bought the failed British amphibious assault ship, which became the basis for future prison. Together with the purchase and alteration, Vernon C. Bain a cost of 161 million dollars (35 million more than expected).
Despite the fact that a decent amount left and the taxpayers were unhappy, it was still cheaper than to build new housing on the island.
Despite the fact that the project was experimental, the idea is not new and floating prison had done this before hundreds of years. Especially succeeded the British, who used barges for the detention of criminals in their colonies.
A typical floating prison colonial era. Almost all of them bore the ironic name, like “Happiness”, “Adventure” or “Journey”
This applies mainly to Australia, in which the floating prisons were brought convicts and exiles, and America, where such ships held by pirates.
The floating prison, the Vernon C. Bain was laid in New Orleans, and then was towed 1,800 miles to new York and began its work in 1992.
Length Vernon C. Bain — 190 meters, width — 38. On the ship there are 14 buildings and 100 cameras. In total here are 800 beds, although it may fit more.
Floating prison really equipped for all standards. There is a place for walks and sports activities, library and three churches (obviously, for different denominations).
In the history of the ship survived 4 attempts of escape. In 1993, 38-year-old prisoner escaped while cleaning the ship of ice. Apparently, he managed to cross the Bay on the ice crust, which bound the water. In 2002, one of the criminals managed to climb a 10-foot fence with barbed wire and dive into the water. Supervisors are unable to climb after him, because he was in boots. But it is still picked up from the watercraft, so that the escape failed.
In other cases, prisoners were able to slip out of the handcuffs. One of them even made a full escape, but for some reason remained in the vicinity of the jail and was arrested a month later.
The imprisonment of criminals on the barge was a kind of experiment — sometimes controversial, sometimes quite successful. The construction was cheap, but the operation is expensive and associated with considerable problems. In the end, the floating prison is a piece of iron that rusts non-stop and getting ready to leak.
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