World's Strangest Prisons

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Offbeat prisons from Montana to Australia that give travelers a glimpse into an area’s infamous history.

Vieille Prison de Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Quebec

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If you can round up a group, try the “Sentenced to One Night” program at this 19th-century prison. After being greeted by Trois-Rivières’ warden, you’ll be booked, fingerprinted, photographed, and issued a prisoner’s T-shirt. You’ll then spend the night in the incarceration wing, which you will be forced to clean the next morning before eating a bare-bones breakfast of porridge and toast.

What You’ll See: If you’re here just for a tour, you’ll get one from former inmates. Open from 1822 to 1986, Trois-Rivières was once Canada’s oldest functioning prison.

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World's Strangest Prisons

Vieille Prison de Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Quebec

If you can round up a group, try the “Sentenced to One Night” program at this 19th-century prison. After being greeted by Trois-Rivières’ warden, you’ll be booked, fingerprinted, photographed, and issued a prisoner’s T-shirt. You’ll then spend the night in the incarceration wing, which you will be forced to clean the next morning before eating a bare-bones breakfast of porridge and toast.

What You’ll See: If you’re here just for a tour, you’ll get one from former inmates. Open from 1822 to 1986, Trois-Rivières was once Canada’s oldest functioning prison.

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