..could they simply build oil rig type platforms in the North Sea and use them as prisons? Who would want to abscond then Yes there will be protestations about family visitations and the cost to the taxpayer. Providing it had enough popular support then surely that would justify the cost? I do realise that there are other issues to do with prisons. Such as many suffering from mental health problems who don't belong in prisons. Not to mention many of these so called open prisons where inmates have absconded or escaped. Your thoughts?