A prison is a place in which people are confined and deprived of a range of liberties, either while waiting trial, while on trial, or after trial and sentence (as a long term isolation punishment). A person confined in a prison is called a prisoner. Prisoners are guarded, overseen and looked after by prison officers.
Prisons are institutions authorized by governments and forming part of a country's criminal justice system, or as facilities for holding prisoners of war.
 Prison corporal punishment
In the past (and in many countries to the present day), prisoners were subjected to a range of punishments, including corporal punishment.
- Punishments for the original crime. These are usually given on entering the prison (the "Welcome"), and possibly another one on leaving the prison.
- Punishments for the breaking of prison rules.
 Prison corporal punishment in art and literature
A well-known fictional work of flagellation literature, Nell in Bridewell (original title: Lenchen im Zuchthause), describes in great detail the cruelty of prison corporal punishment in the 19th century.
Women in Prison films (WiP) became a specialized branch of exploitation cinema in the 1970s. Today WiP films are mostly created by spanking and BDSM producers. In particular, Bars and Stripes is a pay site that features stories, photographs and videos from a fictional women's prison in which the inmates are regularly punished by spankings.
 See also
- Judicial punishment
- Prisoner of war
- Corporal punishment in prisoner-of-war camps
- Women in Prison films
- Prison on Wikipedia
- Birch rod (93 cm long) from the General Prisons Board, Ireland, now in the National Museum of Ireland. "Pattern of Birch Rod for Corporal Punishment of Male Convicts when required."
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