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The Justice Centre Leoben is a court and prison complex in Leoben in Styria, Austria, which was designed by architect Josef Hohensinn and was completed in November 2004. With 205 inmates, the prison is fully booked. There are two inscriptions on the prison's perimeter: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," which is taken from The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and "All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person." Jim Lewis of The New York Times said that in Europe the prison's design became "more of a model — not universally accepted, but not easily ignored either" while the prison's public profile in the United States was "limited to a series of get-a-load-of-this e-mail messages and mocking blog posts (where the prison is often misidentified as a corrections center outside Chicago)."

A blogger shared this on their blog about Justizzentrum, "IMAGINE A PRISON CELL IN almost any country in the world. Your mind has undoubtably conjured an image of a barren room, most definitely under 100 square feet and probably smaller. For those with even more active imaginations, it probably looks a lot like Alcatraz or other classic American prisons, built of cold stone and emanating a musty odor in the darkness. Whether our imaginations are failing us, or the image of a cell needs a 21st century update, it is evident that the Justizzentrum in Leoben, Austria is not a typical prison.

The first clues appear on a drive up to the building. A small green lawn wraps around the classy concrete and glass building, giving the structure an inviting feel, the polar opposite of the stark divisions seen in a typical jail. It looks more like a modernist library or office building than a compound holding 205 inmates, some whom have been convicted of felony offenses."

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