Black Dolphin is one of Russia’s oldest prisons, located in Sol-Iletsk, Orenburg Oblast, Russia. It takes its name from the Black Dolphin monument created by inmates and placed in front of the prison’s main entrance.
The jail opened in 1773 and has a 1600 capacity. However, it contains about 700 of Russia’s worst offenders, including child molesters, murderers, terrorists, cannibals, and serial killers, who have killed around 3,500 people in total – a terrifying average of five murders per inmate.
Black Dolphin is a prison for those who have been given life sentences with hard labour, meaning that every single one of the 700 inmates there has been given a life sentence without the possibility of release.
In the Russian prison Inmates are housed in cells with strong steel doors and extra steel bars dividing the living space from all doors and windows, thus creating a cell inside a cell. To exclude the chance of convicts burrowing their way out, no cubicles are positioned on the bottom floor.
Two prisoners are compelled to share one 50-square-foot cell, which is set back between three sets of steel doors.
Inmates in this jail are monitored and supervised 24 hours a day, seven days a week; they are not permitted to relax or sit on their bunks from the moment they wake up until bedtime (roughly 16 hours).
On Arrival, detainees are blindfolded so that they cannot map out the facility or plot escapes also When detainees are carried between buildings, they are also blindfolded. While walking within the prison, Inmates are forced to walk with their waists bowed as they leave their cells.
This approach is said to be unique to Black Dolphin, and it is thought to be a stratagem that allows for maximum control while denying the convict a view of his immediate surroundings, preventing him from fleeing or striking. They are only permitted to read books, newspapers, and listen to the radio.
According to one jail lieutenant, the only way to escape is to die, as Black Dolphin convicts are imprisoned for life. No convict has ever escaped from Black Dolphin, according to study.
Due to the character of the detainees. Guards conduct patrols every 15 minutes. All of the cells are outfitted with CCTV cameras, and the lights are always turned on.
Every cell door has a thorough summary of the inmate’s misdeeds – all the rapes and killings – so that any sympathy the guards may have is quickly dispelled.
In Black Dolphin, there is no cafeteria; instead, convicts eat four meals a day in their cells, which consist of soup and bread.
Another compartment is used for exercise, which consists of walking back and forth. There is no yard in the jail. Guards inspect jail cells for contraband during exercise time.