On many penal worlds the Planetary Governor is also the prison’s warden, and his authority is absolute.
The warden and his guards often brutalise the inmate population, adding to their considerable misery and mortality.
They are haunted individuals who are witness to the kind of atrocity most will never see.
Life on many penal colonies is extremely regimented and heavily monitored.
Inmates are sentenced far away from their home worlds and most never see that world again.
Inmates condemned to a penal world are those found guilty of crimes that don’t warrant execution.
On some worlds, the worst criminals (those whose crimes aren’t severe enough to warrant death) might be segregated from the rest, but this practice varies from world to world.