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New Prison Photographs – Prison vs Work

by Brett M. Christensen


Message with a series of attached photographs depicting a modern building with high-quality accommodation and sporting facilities claims that the photographs show a new prison in the UK.

Brief Analysis

The photographs are genuine and depict a prison that was completed in 2005. However, the prison is located in Austria, not the UK as claimed in the message.


Subject: FW: Guess what this is?

Guess what this is?

Answer —–at the end

New Prison 1

New Prison 2

New Prison 3

New Prison 4

New Prison 5

New Prison  6

New Prison 7

New Prison 8

New Prison 9

New Prison 10

It’s a new Prison in the UK!

Prison vs Work

Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, keep scrolling scroll down.

This should make things a little bit clearer.

You spend the majority of your time in a 10X10 cell

@ WORK you spend the majority of your time In an 6X6 cubicle /office

@ PRISON You get three meals a day fully paid for

@ WORK you get a break for one meal and You have to pay for it

@ PRISON You get time off for good behavior

@ WORK you get more work for Good behavior

@ PRISON The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you

@ WORK You must often carry a security card And open all the doors for yourself

@ PRISON You can watch TV and play games

@ WORK you could get fired for watching TV and playing games

@ PRISON You get your own toilet

@ WORK you have to share the toilet with Some people who pee on the seat

@ PRISON They allow your family and friends to visit

@ WORK you aren’t even supposed to speak To your family

@ PRISON All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required

@ WORK you get to pay all your expenses to go To work, and they deduct taxes from Your salary to pay for prisoners

@ PRISON You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out

you spend most of your time wanting To get out and go inside bars

@ PRISON You must deal with sadistic wardens

They are called managers

Now get back to work. You’re not getting paid to check emails.


Detailed Analysis

According to this long-circulated message, attached photographs of an attractive modern building show a new prison located in the United Kingdom (UK). The message includes shots of the building’s exterior as well as photographs showing the high-quality accommodation and sporting facilities inside.
Although the building might look like a contemporary office block or accommodation facility, it really is a new prison. However, the prison is located in Austria, not the UK as claimed in the message.

The photographs show the Justice and Detention Centre in Leoben, Austria. The building was completed in 2005 and comprises court facilities as well as a penitentiary. Modern architecture website MIMOAnotes:

Architect Josef Hohensinn did not find it all that far-fetched to take home comfort into consideration in his penitentiary design for the new Justice and Detention Centre in Leoben. Façades, layout of spaces, art concept – everything meets the highest Austrian standards.

“Lucky” Austrian prisoners enjoy not only clean and modern accommodation but can also move freely among their cells and the communal spaces in their designated areas. There are also outdoor courtyards where inmates can walk and sit in the fresh air.

More information (Google translated from original German) about the prison is available on the Hohensinn Architektur website.

For added effect, the creator of the message has tacked on an old and unrelated humour piece about Prison verses Work that has been circulating on the Internet for several years.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,