Thank goodness we no longer throw people in
Prisons were private enterprise businesses run for profit during these times. There were shops, bars and even a restaurant for those that could afford it. A bit of a problem if you were in there for your debts in the first place. Without friends on the outside you might even starve to death.
Lucky prisons aren't ruled by profit anymore. Oh, but don't our governments want to change that? Aren't they slowly being sold to private companies? What will be be saying about the new prisons in 500 yrs I wonder.