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I looked up the subject 'Devil's Island'due to a suggestion by a fellow poster on a message board who thought a prison island for sexual predators would be beneficial.It would be more accurate to say that she mused on this possibility in moments of exasperation in how the legal system handles or fails to handle such felons.
I suggested that the US bury the hatchet with France on a possible purchase of the island if they still own it-which is doubtful.The island for incarceration hasn't been used since 1946--but more intriguing to me is what does anyone who lays claim to this tropical island use it for now?I haven't heard of any tourists clamoring to go there to see a museum ,and learn of the island's dark past-but that's a possibility.
I'm still searching for information on whoever owns the infamous island now.
What the hell are you people talking about ? French Guiana is one of France's overseas department. Hundreds of thousands live there and it is certainly not for sale. Ever heard of Ariane Space ? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 14:36, 22 August 2009 (UTC)
- I think he was just talking about the island. As far as I know it's still owned by the state, and there is indeed some tourist activity to visit the ruins of the prison. When rockets are launched from Kourou, the islands have to be evacuated as they're directly under the path of launches. Aesma (talk) 17:58, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi! It is not exactly true that French government stopped sending prisoners after 1938 in this prison, as political opponents to the French collaborators of Nazis were sent there, like my grandfather Paul VALENTINO (1902 - 1988). He was tortured there and tried to escape unsuccessfully. He stayed about 2 years before being released. You may have a look to official website of French government about Valentino, former deputy of Guadeloupe: http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/histoire/biographies/IVRepublique/Valentino-Paul-09061902.asp
I dispute the sentence "the inmates were everything from political prisoners (such as anarchist Clément Duval)". Clément Duval was condemned for theft, arson and for stabbing a policeman during his arrest, cf. http://www.biographie.net/Cl%C3%A9ment-Duval He was not condemned because of his ideas but because he committed criminal actions. potemkine 10.18, 25 Aug 2008 (CET) —Preceding undated comment was added at 08:20, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
- OK, but are you disputing that he was an anarchist? He didn't. Bogomir Kovacs (talk) 16:20, 16 July 2009 (UTC) this guy is so true they still went there.
The Clement Duval article indicates that he contracted smallpox during the Franco-Prussian War but the Devil's Island article says that he got smallpox while a prisoner there. Now he either had really bad luck and got smallpox twice and had the good fortune not to die either time or only one of these articles is correct. I have put this comment in the talk page for each of those articles for someone to fix. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 12:28, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
This article strikes me as a bit of a mish-mash. It seems to be about both the island off the coast of French Guiana, which served as a political prison, and about the French penal colony in Fr. Guiana as a whole.
It would make more sense if this stuff was in separate articles, one dealing with the island and the other with the prison set-up.
If there are no objections I will split the island stuff into a separate article, and focus this one on the penal colony. Moonraker12 (talk) 16:47, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Far worse than imagined.
A 2014 TV programme on Devils'Island proved that there were many more prisons here than ever admitted to by the authorities. Maps showing the location of a score or more were discovered in the main prison camp. The French had a reputation for extreme cruelty when it came to sentencing, far worse than the British or other major European powers. Some convicts were little more than politicos. There is still much of interest to research on 19th and early 20th century justice but you will need a strong stomach to do it. (And don't forget the lepper colonies)!