Imposing prison ship, from which escape is almost impossible
• The imposing prison ship, from which escape is almost impossible to
Correctional Center Vernon C. Bain - The world's only functioning prison ship. She moored at Rikers Island, near New York City - the biggest penal colony in the world. This white-blue monster weighs 47,326 tons and can accommodate at least 800 prisoners. The prisoners called her "boat" and deservedly regarded as the place from which is extremely difficult to escape. Since 1992, it could hardly two of them.
Prison ship Vernon C. Bain was named in honor of the respected (obviously only in the environment) supervisor Vernon C. Bajina. Its creation was due to an attempt to solve the problem of overpopulation on Rikers Island, where prisoners were crammed like herrings in a barrel.
In 1990, the US government bought the failed British amphibious assault ship, which became the basis for future prison. Along with the purchase and alteration, Vernon C. Bain cost about 161 million dollars (35 million more than expected).
Despite the fact that the amount entered decent and taxpayers were unhappy, it would still be cheaper than to build new housing on the island.
In spite of the fact that the project was a pilot, not a new idea and floating prison made up of hundreds of years in a row. Particularly successful in this British, who used a barge for the content of criminals in their colonies.
A typical prison ship colonial era. Almost all of them were ironic names like "Happiness", "adventure" or "Travel"
In general, this applies to Australia, which were brought to the prison ship and exiles, as well as America, where such vessels held by pirates.
The floating prison Vernon C. Bain was founded in New Orleans, then was towed 1800 miles to New York and began its work in 1992.
The length of Vernon C. Bain - 190 meters and width - 38. located on the ship hulls 14 and 100 cells. A total of 800 beds are located here, although it can accommodate more.
prison ship really is equipped to all standards. There is a place for walks and sports activities, library and three whole church (obviously, for different denominations).
In the history of the ship survived the 4 escape attempts. In 1993, the 38-year-old prisoner escaped during the cleaning of the ship from the ice. Apparently, he was able to cross the bay on the icy crust, which pinned the water. In 2002, one of the criminals managed to climb a 10-meter fence with barbed wire and dive into the water. Reeves could not climb up after him, as there were in boots. But he still picked up a jet ski, so that escape failed. In other cases, the prisoners managed to slip out of the handcuffs. One of them even made a complete escape, but for some reason remained in the vicinity of the prison and was arrested a month later.
imprisonment of criminals on the barge turned kind of experiment - sometimes controversial, sometimes quite successful. Building turned out cheap, but exploitation - expensive and associated with persistent problems. In the end, the prison ship - a piece of iron, which is non-stop rust and preparing to leak.