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Designing a prison for a telekinetic race

I am currently designing a fantasy world that includes a telekinetic race that can control objects if they are touching its material (they can make flying rocks if they are in the same ground or ...
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Effective way to identify people in medieval fantasy setting

In my fantasy world, criminals who have committed serious crimes are sent to an island called "Yaehlbuhn". This island, quite far from any continents, is essentially an open prison where criminals can ...
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How could a goverment sell prisoners as slaves (without giving advantage to richs)?

Imagine a society (medieval, but that isn't very important here) that has approved slavery. You can trade, buy, sell and hire slaves at will in the market. Introduction Slaves are usually "harvested"...
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Citizenship removed and deported to desolate Island, viable alternative for prison?

I have a world in which several countries use, as an alternative to rotting prison for the rest of your life, the deprivation of citizenship from one's home country and deportation to a desolate ...
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How to run a prison with the smallest amount of guards?

So, this takes place in a post apocalyptic world, within the borders of a government called the USC. 30 miles north of The Junction (modern-day Bakersfield) is the JSCF, or Junction State Correctional ...
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How should implanted technology be handled in prison?

In the near future, screens and technology will be implanted in us so we do not need to have another physical device. When a person is in prison, they are not allowed to have access to technology and ...
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How can a prison offer a safe way for inmates to commit suicide?

I am living in a society which considers autonomy over one's own death a basic human right. That means killing someone is very, very bad, no matter the circumstances. Our society is strictly against ...
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Could a Megacity be a Penal Colony?

This question is inspired by a premise from the video game Batman: Arkham City, in which a portion of Gotham City has been closed down by the public to be reserved for prisoners from such places as ...
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How can we imprison a teleporter?

Earth's greatest minds have done it, they captured Dave the teleporter, but now we have a problem, where do we keep him? While we can keep him sedated until it is built we need to work fast, lest we ...
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Victorian CCTV?

In a setting of late Victorian technology, would it be possible to record and replay sound and light near-real-time similar to modern video-recordings? The ideal criteria for the system would be (in ...
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Transform an island to a large scale prison

In a society with near future levels of technology, the crime rate reached a high degree and the government decided to transform an island (which was a city) into a large prison, or an exile/...
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Running a successful Prison complex for Wizards

First of, a little parenthesis about how my magic works : Magic is a calculable energy contained in some alloys and people. It can be manipulated in about the same way as electricity (with conductors ...
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How would prisons handle superpowered inmates?

A major plot point of my story that's been bugging me for a while has me wondering what exactly the (specifically American) prison system could and would do to deal with the fact that the entire ...
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Extreme lifespan vs. criminal justice “long sentences”

In many countries, stipulated term criminal sentences (i.e., not indeterminate or "life") can be extremely long, well over a hundred years. The US is one well-known example. Assuming all other ...
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How to incarcerate an elemental shape shifter?

Somehow you managed to knock out an elemental shape-shifter. Where do you put it? Elemental shape-shifter: A person who can change their body to the four classical elements: Earth (like the material)...
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How to move a prisoner to closed jail, so no one would object or ask questions?

In my world there two kinds of prisons: Nearly all of the prisons follows the same rules, which are quite similar to nowadays Earth prisons. Run by a government's agency, where prisoners are fed, ...
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Why keep a prison for superhumans near/inside a city?

In fact, why keep a prison for even normal humans in a city at all? Where are the benefits that offset the obvious drawbacks? From my limited knowledge on the subject, you would prefer to have a ...
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World building: Thralls, Slaves and how to keep them from running away

Due to low numbers of humans, the death penalty is forbidden and impractical as it would bring mankind to the brink of extinction. All prison sentences are now changed to various forms of thralldom ...
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A prison which guards itself

Imagine a dictator who owns a massive prison. The tech level is 12th-15th century, and the dictator has very few guards at his disposal. The prison already has all necessary resources such as food and ...
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How do you keep magical creatures trapped in a closed village while allowing for expansion?

Magical people such as trolls, vampires, and nopperabou have had a complicated relationship with nonmagical folk. They were mostly sworn to secrecy, but not everybody followed that oath. Nonmagicals ...
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How can an organization keep prisoners secured who can escape by death and resurrection? [closed]

In my world, there's a small portion of society who are ageless, and resurrect in a distant location immediately when receiving lethal damage on their body. And then, there is an organization of "...
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How to Survive a Tough Prison as a Weakling? [closed]

You are a 5ft 4" (163cm) man and you weigh 7st (45kg). You can barely push over a wet floor sign and have been thrown into one of the toughest prisons in the world. As you can imagine you are ...
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Internment Camp for Magical Beings [closed]

TLDR: What would an internment camp look like, if it were designed for magical beings in a high medieval society (with no gunpowder, but fantastic metallurgy)? Setting/Context I am building a world ...
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Containing a teleporter in a forcefield

I have this guy (lets call him Mike), that can instantly teleport anywhere in the universe with little effort (yes, even inside solid walls and such). He also happens to be very very dangerous, and ...
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Why do governments not permanently restrain super villains?

The argument for superheroes to capture villains alive is that superheroes are already illegally operating as vigilantes and compensating for muggle law enforcement is all they are morally obligated. ...
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How to run a prison planet? [closed]

Criminals have been a problem for as long as humanity has existed. In the year 2569, all people convicted of crimes are sent to the planet Zeautian, where they are put to hard labor mining precious ...
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How to enforce a sign language curfew in a maximum security prison?

In Democritzstan, prisoners enjoy an almost full humans-right treatment. Democritzstan former prime minister Yrtra is running for next UN Secretary-General, and has full backing from his land. But in ...
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How can the American government legalize a program that implants microchips into convicts in order to curb prison violence and future crimes? [closed]

In the future, convicts entering prisons would be fitted with a small microchip in their brain. This chip would monitor the individuals behavior, as well as the chemical reactions in his body. ...
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In a Sims like reality, How would a jailer get young men to wear a sarong and undershirts for nightwear? [duplicate]

I am sorry if this sounds repetitive but I asked the precursor of this question here What could be reasoning of male prison in VR world to only allow undershirt and sarong as nightwear to male ...
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Keeping a Hero Prisoner in Parallel? [closed]

I had an idea for a story where there are two worlds in parallel, mirroring each other, one about our level of technology, one pre-industrial. Now, there's a hero that's been captured by the bad guys ...
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What could be reasoning of male prison in VR world to only allow undershirt and sarong as nightwear to male prisoners

I want to allow one of the prisons in VR to allow only sarong and undershirts as nightwear. What reasons could one provide?