Beta Prison is a fortress on an island in the middle of the North Sea. It serves the community of the United States as a prison for convicted criminals that are mutants. It was built in the 15th century and it has been in use as a detention facility since 1618. It neutralizes superpowers so none can escape, per its purpose. Other mutant prisons exist, such as Negagard (which was used exclusively to hold its creator the Gladiator), Beta Prison is the only known fortress to be the "official" holding ground for mutant criminals.
Brought by police officers or superheroes on any occasion (such as Dawson), all prisoners wear white shirts with grey stripes. They also have their place card numbers tattooed on their neck and have pictures of them taken with their official number. Access to Beta Prison is strictly prohibited to all people except high-ranked government officials, and only they are granted permission to enter the prison and visit prisoners, although this is very rare. Of course, police and Supers regularly visit the prison but only to hand over prisoners.
Escaping from Beta Prison is a serious offense, punishable by execution. Darren Slade was fated to this, if he had not been slaughtered elsewhere. Such a punishment is probably because the escaped prisoners in question are too dangerous to be simply reconfined into the prison, as they could easily escape again.
Beta Prison was initially a fortress which was home to the evil mutant Ekrag, known for luring Muggles into his fortress where he tortured and murdered them. After his death, the cloaking device he had cast faded away and the U.S. Government acknowledged the island's existence for the first time.
Authorities considered destroying the fortress, but decided against it in fear of the possible revenge of the Deaformas residing there. Thereafter the island was left alone for years, before the establishment of the International Statute of Secrecy. Because of the impracticality of using small Muggle prisons which could result in bangs, smells and light shows, should victims escape, plans for a purpose-built prison for mutants on some remote island were made. However, when Dominique Giles was elected Minister in 1718, he insisted on using Beta Prison instead. This plan was eventually put into motion and despite protests, Beta Prison remained the prison of the mutant world, mostly because of the complete lack of breakouts and breaches of security.
Although the subsequent Minister Elizabeth Burke, having visited Beta Prison and witnessed its horror, fought to find alternatives to the prison, he caught chicken pox in 1747, before they could reach a decision. When Minister Harold Skore took office, he was responsible for renovating and reinforcing Beta Prison. No one else seriously considered closing the prison until the advent of President Roxanne in 2008.
Beta Prison gained a reputation as a horrible place, mostly because most of the prisoners eventually went insane and slowly died under the harsh conditions. Since 1717, using any of the three illegal powers on another human being has carried a punishment of a life sentence in Beta Prison (unless there is sufficient evidence that the caster did so under the influence of mind control, or legal exceptions made by the government as in the case of police officers in the First NoHead War).
|Imprisoned for her repeated and deliberate violations of the International Statute of Mutant Secrecy.||Unknown|
Unknown sentence, known to have been sentenced several times.
|Jerry Allen||First term: Assaulted a fellow Duffle as well as government officials, served three years.|
Second term: Framed by Lord Gorn for murdering Roxanne's grandfather, life sentence.
|First Sentence: 3 years for assaulting government officials and assaulting a Duffle.|
Second Sentence: Life Sentence for homicides of Duffles using illegal powers (frame-up).
Died in prison while serving what was at least his second term.
|Membership in the NoHeads; released in exchange for the names of several other NoHeads.||Life Sentence for allying with NoHeads and possible crimes with illegal superpowers: released in exchange for confidential information.|
Released; now deceased.
|Life Sentence for torture and multiple homicides||Torturing Dexter and Laura into insanity through lightning, torturing and killing duffles and mutants, life sentence.|
|Escaped; now deceased||Framed: imprisoned without trial after being falsely accused of murdering Annabeth and a dozen innocent Duffle bystanders, life sentence; now vindicated.|
|Participating in the Battle of Transylvania as a Knight of Plague.||First Sentence: Pardoned after convincing the officials that he was under the influence of mind control.|
Second Sentence: Life sentence for being allied with Knights of Plague.
Escaped from Beta Prison in 2034; later recaptured
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