Presidio Modelo

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The Presidio Modelo was a "model prison" of Panopticon design, built on Isla de Pinos (now the Isla de la Juventud) in Cuba.

The prison was built under President-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926–1928. The five circulars were built with the capacity to humanely house up to 2,500 prisoners.

Most of the survivors of the rebel attacks on Moncada Barracks including attack leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro, were imprisoned there, most from 1953 to 1955.

After Fidel Castro's revolutionary triumph in 1959, Prisión Modelo was used to jail political dissidents, counter-revolutionaries, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and anyone else considered unfit or an enemy to the new norms and dictates of the Socialist Cuban State.

Prominent Cuban political prisoners such as Armando Valladares, Roberto Martín Pérez, and Pedro Luis Boitel

The prison now serves...
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