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Alcatraz of Space  
  A planetoid prison.  

Early reference to the asteroid prison idea.

He could see the top of the prison dome, just rising above the western horizon. To that Alcatraz of Space were sent only the most desperate of the Solar System's criminals. The toughest prison in the entire system, its proud tradition was that not a single prisoner had escaped since its establishment twenty years before. Why risk escape, when only misery and death lurked outside the dome?
From Reunion on Ganymede, by Clifford Simak.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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Compare to the asteroid prison from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson, the zero-time jail from A World Out of Time (1976) by Larry Niven and the orbiting penal colony from Tekwar (1989) by William Shatner.

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