A colorful prison is still a prison

I’ve found that it’s often the case that the more depressing a place is, the more colorfully it is painted. For instance any ward for terminally ill children in a hospital is dizzying array of colors vomited everywhere as if it is some attempt to stave off the inevitable from the minds of these poor kids. It doesn’t really work, but I suppose the effort is appreciated.
Figueres is getting a new provincial (same as a state in the US) prison. Nobody is really happy about this and seeing it going up about a kilometer north of my in-laws house isn’t the most awesome thing to witness. Of course, people aren’t happy because of the fact that a prison is going and all the riffraff that comes along with that, but because there won’t be any new jobs at it due to the fact they’re transferring all those working at the provincial prison in Girona currently up to this prison. Spaniards worship government jobs. I know, it’s strange, but given the current economic situation in the US, I suppose I can understand to a large degree. My mother-in-law actually recommended for me to look in to getting a job at the prison, although I assume that this is before it was made apparent that job creation would be nill at the new institution.
But, in keeping true to the general theme of Catalonia and having everything being heavily design-oriented, the prison has a “look” to it. As you can see below, they’ve incorporated all this color in to the outside walls to look like some kind of a Legoland prison. It’s weird to see it going in. It’s also weird hearing the rumors from people around town that the amenities will include: a gym, full television programming, a library, a pool, physical therapy to go along with the internal hospital, and (I kid you not) massage. Undoubtedly a great deal of this is hearsay, as in reality, you can dress it up as much as you want, but a prison is still a prison what what we need the world over are more schools.
A colorful prison is still a prison