The smallest operating prison in the world
• The smallest operating prison in the world
Prison Sark, which can only accommodate two prisoners, the smallest prison in the world, which is still in use. Nowadays there is not a lot of prisoners, sometimes seasonal workers or tourists who drank a lot of drink.
Sark - one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Normandy, France. Its length is five kilometers away, and the width of the half, with a population of about 500 people. A fact which makes it one of the smallest inhabited islands in the English Channel.
Cars are banned, and the streets have only carts and farm equipment.
In spite of its small size, Sark has a long and colorful history. It was first mentioned in 1040, when William of Normandy (later William the Conqueror) gave it to the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. He was captured by the French in 1549, but was soon captured by the British and was frequented by smugglers and pirates.
During World War II, the island was occupied by the Germans. He also considered the last feudal state in Europe until 2006, when it was officially introduced universal suffrage and democracy.
Sark is the smallest prison in the world. Island prison was built in 1856 and has two adjacent chambers. One size of 1, 80 to 1, 80, and the other 1, 80 2, 40 meters. Before the cameras have a narrow corridor of one meter, the building has no windows.
One of the earliest known prisoners was a young girl, maid, jailed for stealing a handkerchief at the mistress for three days. She was so scared that she was locked in a dark cell, the locals allowed her to put a chair in the open doorway, where the local ladies sat with her knitting and talking, until ended term of imprisonment.
Nowadays offense on Sark really rare. The island has two unpaid police officers who wear the title of constable and Vingtenera (Constable Assistant). The last serious crime took place in 1990, when an unemployed French nuclear physicist by the name of Andre Gardes declared himself the rightful lord of Sark and tried to seize power on the island, but was quickly arrested.