Two of the 20 worst prisons on earth are located right here in New York. One is listed in the top 10 another in top 20.
#11 - Rikers Island is New York City's major prison complex and holds some of the United States' fiercest criminals. The prison literally sits on an island in between the boroughs of Queens and the Bronox and is adjacent to the runways of LaGuardia Airport. Rikers Island is commonly referred to as "The Island" by New Yorkers and is known to have some of the most brutal guards in the country working within it. This is another reason why this is one of the world's most dangerous prisons.
# 1 - Attica Correctional Facility is located in New York and is one of the worst prisons in the world. It is a maximum security level prison which detains many violent offenders. It was constructed in 1930 and and since then there have been several riots which have occurred there. In 1971 there was a huge riot which took place where the 2,200 inmates overtook the 33 staff members that worked there.