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What does the typical prison cell look like?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. Prison cells may vary, but they're usually small. A single-occupancy cell is likely eight feet (2.5 meters) by six feet (1.8 meters). The furniture, which consists of a bed, desk, bed tray, toilet and sink, are bolted down. Some prison cells may have small, thick windows to allow in some natural sunlight. A second bed, creating a type of bunk bed, may be installed above the first if the prison is overcrowded. If prison overcrowding is severe enough, they may try to fit a third inmate in that same cell.

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