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10 Coolest Fictional Prisons

Escape From New York Manhattan Prison

Seen In: Escape From New York (1981)

History didn't play out exactly the way John Carpenter claimed it would - 1997 came and went without Manhattan being walled off as a maximum security prison - but that can't diminish the impressiveness of the city-prison witnessed in Escape From New York. Set in world where American crime rates had quadrupled and the criminals are slowly outnumbering law enforcement, every one of them is assigned a life sentence on Manhattan, with the island walled off from 'civilized' society.

The cost of losing such an expensive chunk of infrastructure probably means the concept will never be put into place, but a miniature post-apocalyptic wasteland, walled-in like some kind of grotesque playpen, seems like it must possess some merit, right?

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