You would think the prisoner was Hannibal Lecter on steroids. A staggering 169 officers are being paid to guard one inmate at the Grünau detention center in Berlin, Berliner Zeitung reported.

The center, a waystation jail for immigrants before they are deported, has long been operating under capacity, The Local wrote in an English translation.

Anti-deportation activists said the lone prisoner is being kept in "solitary confinement-like conditions," which would make it even harder to justify the $1.3 million paid monthly to the security officers at a complex that can house 214. How many does it take to watch one guy in a tiny space? But there is payroll to be met.

Police wouldn't comment to Berliner Zeitung on the facility, which once served as an East German women's prison.

The Berlin Refugee Council and other reform backers are calling for the detention center to be closed, according to a blog covering the deportation issue. But for now the law mandates that it be open, Berlin Interior Minister Frank Henkel told the Berliner Zeitung.

Meanwhile, in the United States, business is booming in the jailing of immigrant detainees. Their ranks are growing by 400,000 a year, according to a Huffington Post report, and nearly half are housed in private prisons.

It is unlikely that any of those inmates are getting the same attention.

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  • August 5, 2012 - UNITED STATES

    A gunman shoots six people dead during Sunday services at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, before he is shot dead by a police officer.<br> <em>Caption: People watch police personnel outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., where a shooting took place Sunday, Aug 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)</em>

  • July 20, 2012 - UNITED STATES

    A masked gunman kills 14 people and wounds 50 others when he opens fire on moviegoers at a showing of new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.<br> <em>Caption: In this Monday, July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, appears in Arapahoe County District Court, with defense attorney Tamara Brady in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)</em>

  • April 2, 2012 - UNITED STATES

    A gunman, identified by police as Korean-American One Goh, kills seven people and wounds three others in a shooting rampage at a Christian college in Oakland. The former nursing student pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges.<br> <em>Caption: One Goh, left, listens to his attorney, Public Defender David Klaus, in an Alameda County Superior courtroom in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 30, 2012. Goh, 43, plead not guilty to seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for the fatal shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland on April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)</em>

  • February 27, 2012 - UNITED STATES

    A student opens fire in a cafeteria at Chardon High School in Ohio, killing three students and injuring two others before being arrested.<br> <em>Caption: In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, photo, seventeen-year-old T.J. Lane is led from Juvenile Court by Sheriff's deputies in Chardon, Ohio, after his arraignment in the shooting of five high school students. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)</em>

  • December 13, 2011 - BELGIUM

    Gunman Nordine Armani kills three people, including a 17-month-old toddler, and wounds 121 in a central square in the eastern city of Liege, before shooting himself. The next day Belgian investigators find the body of a woman in warehouse used by the gunman raising the death toll, including the killer, to five.<br> <em>Caption: People mourn at Place Saint Lambert on December 14, 2011, in Liege, Belgium. (Christophe Licoppe/Photonews via Getty Images)</em>

  • July 22, 2011 - NORWAY

    Police seize a gunman who killed 69 people at a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling political party, on the small, holiday island of Utoeya. Anders Behring Breivik is later charged with the killings, as well as with an earlier bombing in Oslo which killed eight people. The trial ended last month with Breivik saying that his bombing and shooting rampage was necessary to defend the country - prompting a walk-out by relatives of his victims. <br> <em>Caption: In this July 25, 2011, file photo, Norway's twin terror attacks suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, left, sits in an armored police vehicle. (AP Photo/Aftenposten/Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen) </em>

  • April 9, 2011 - NETHERLANDS

    Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in the Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, south of Amsterdam, killing six before turning the gun on himself.<br> <em>Caption: People gather to pay their respects to the victims of the shooting spree at the shopping mall De Ridderhof in Alphen aan den Rijn, on April 11, 2011, where 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis went on the rampage, killing six people and wounding at least 10 others. (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • January 8, 2011 - UNITED STATES

    Then-U.S. congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords is target of an assassination attempt in Arizona in which six people are killed and 13 wounded. A person familiar with the case said this month that Jared Loughner, the man accused of the killings and wounding Giffords, is set to plead guilty in a Tucson court.<br> <em>Caption: This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, by the U.S. Marshal's Service shows Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage that killed six people and left several others wounded, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Office, File)</em>

  • June 2, 2010 - BRITAIN

    Gunman Derrick Bird opens fire on people in towns across the rural county of Cumbria. Twelve people are killed and 11 injured. Bird also killed himself. <br><em>Caption: This is a undated handout photo issued by Cumbria Police on Wednesday June 2, 2010, of Derrick Bird, 52, from Rowrah, northwest England, who police want to speak to in connection with a daylight shooting spree in Cumbria northwest England. (AP Photo/Cumbria Police, Ho) </em>

  • March 11, 2009 - GERMANY

    A 17-year-old gunman dressed in combat gear kills nine students and three teachers at a school near Stuttgart. He also kills one other person at a nearby clinic. He was later killed in a shoot-out with police. Two additional passers-by were killed and two policemen seriously injured, bringing the death toll to 16, including the gunman.<br> <em>Caption: The coffin with the remains of a victim of the school shooting is carried on the cemetery in Winnenden, near Stuttgart, Germany, on Saturday, March 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer</em>

  • September 23, 2008 - FINLAND

    Student Matti Saari opens fire in a vocational school in Kauhajoki in northwest Finland, killing nine other students and one male staff member before killing himself.<br> <em>Caption: This is an image taken from the website of Matti Juhani Saari on Tuesday Sept. 23, 2008. (AP Photo)</em>

  • November 7, 2007 - FINLAND

    Pekka-Eric Auvinen kills six fellow students, the school nurse, the principal and himself with a handgun at the Jokela High School near Helsinki. <br> <em>Caption: The Finnish flag flies half staff outside Jokela school, rear, in Tuusula, Finland, Thursday Nov. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)</em>

  • October 7, 2007 - UNITED STATES

    Six people are killed and one wounded when Sheriff's Department Deputy Tyler James Peterson goes on a shooting rampage at his ex-girlfriend's apartment, in Crandon, Wisconsin. Peterson, 20, then shot and killed himself.<br> <em>Caption: Police tape surrounds the home Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, in Crandon, Wis., where authorities said on Sunday, Tyler Peterson, 20, a Forest County deputy sheriff and part-time Crandon police officer, forced his way in and shot seven people, killing six. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)</em>

  • April 16, 2007 - UNITED STATES

    Virginia Tech, a university in Blacksburg, Virginia, becomes site of the deadliest rampage in U.S. history when a gunman kills 32 people and himself. <br> <em>Caption: In this April 17, 2007, file photo, Virginia Tech student Kevin Sterne is carried out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., after a gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom on the campus. (AP photo)</em>

  • March 12, 2005 - UNITED STATES

    Seven people are killed and four wounded when Terry Michael Ratzmann opens fire at a Living Church of God service at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Ratzmann, a 44-year-old computer technician, the commits suicide. <br> <em>Caption: In this undated photo released on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, a crime scene is shown inside the Charlotte, N.C.-based Living Church of God, church. (AP Photo/Brookfield Wis., Police Department)</em>

  • November 21, 2004 - UNITED STATES

    Six people are killed when Chai Soua Vang, a 35-year-old Hmong immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen, shoots eight people while deer hunting east of Birchwood in northern Wisconsin. A truck driver from St. Paul, Minn., Vang is sentenced to six consecutive life terms in prison.<br> <em>Caption: Chai Soua Vang, 36, of St. Paul, talks to a relative during a recess in his murder trial Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, in Hayward, Wis. (AP Photo/Richard Marshall, Pool)</em>

  • October 2002 - UNITED STATES

    John Muhammad and Lee Malvo kills 10 people in sniper-style shooting deaths that terrorize the Washington DC area.<br> <em>Caption: In this recent but undated handout photo from the Virginia Department of Corrections, convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad poses for a mugshot. (Photo by Virginia Department of Corrections via Getty Images)</em>

  • April 26, 2002 - GERMANY

    In Erfurt, eastern Germany, 19-year-old Robert Steinhauser opens fire after saying he was not going to take a math test. He kills 12 teachers, a secretary, two pupils and a policeman at the Gutenberg Gymnasium, before killing himself. <br> <em>Caption: A police tape seals off the area surrounding the Gutenberg high school in Erfurt, eastern Germany, on Friday, April 26, 2002, where a former student of the school shot at least 18 people and injuring many others, before killing himself. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)</em>

  • June 2001 - NEPAL

    Eight members of the Nepalese Royal family are killed in a palace massacre by Crown Prince Dipendra who later turns a gun on himself and dies few days later. His youngest brother also died later, raising the death toll to 10. <br> <em>Caption: People pay tribute to the late royal family outside of the palace in Katmandu, Nepal, on Friday, June 8, 2001. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)</em>

  • July 1999 - UNITED STATES

    A gunman kills nine people at two brokerages in Atlanta, after apparently killing his wife and two children. He commits suicide five hours later.<br> <em>Caption: Mark Barton, shown in this undated family photo with his wife Leigh Ann, daughter Mychelle Elizabeth, 7, and son Matthew, 11. (AP Photo/Henry County Police)</em>

  • April 1999 - UNITED STATES

    Two heavily armed teenagers go on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives. <br><em>Caption: In an April 20, 1999, file photo unidentified young women head to a library near Columbine High School where students and faculty members were evacuated after two gunmen went on a shooting rampage in the school in the southwest Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/Kevin Higley/file)</em>

  • April 28, 1996 - AUSTRALIA

    Martin Bryant unleashes modern Australia's worst mass murder when he shoots dead 35 people at the Port Arthur tourist site in the southern state of Tasmania.<br> <em>Caption: Photo dated 29 April, 1996, showing the remains of the guesthouse in Hobart, from which a gunman, identified as Martin Bryant, killed 34 people and injured 19 others. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • March 13, 1996 - BRITAIN

    Gunman Thomas Hamilton bursts into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shoots dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself.<br> <em>This is an undated photo of Thomas Hamilton, 43, the gunman who burst into the Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland, on Wednesday March 14, 1996, and opened fire with four handguns, killing sixteen children and their teacher, before shooting himself dead. (AP Photo/The Guardian)</em>