The absence of data and information throughout the world is shocking. Each country’s amount of data that is classified varies on the status of that country. This lack of information is a factor that drove my entire depth of research. In addition to the privation of information, the location of prisons throughout the world and how they are isolated from their surrounding environment is the topic on which I focused this research. The heart of my research stemmed from the original idea of “the prison island”. The prison island is the idea that each prison, no matter its location, is an island [an entity that is completely isolated from all surrounding items.