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World's Strangest Prisons

Dartmoor Prison, Devon, England

Sure, American prisoners of war have been held all over the world at various times. But it’s unusual to find a history of American POWs on the turf of such a longtime ally. See how this history played out at the Dartmoor Prison, which housed American POWs during the War of 1812.

What You’ll See: Although Dartmoor is still an active prison, serving mainly as an educational facility for inmate rehabilitation, it has a museum that displays uniforms and hairstyles once required for inmates and prison officers, plus weapons used by officers to keep inmates in line.

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