Arkham Asylum
Biographical Information
Official Name Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane
Aliases Arkham, Arkham Hospital, Arkham Sanitarium, Mercey Mansion
Country United States Of America
State New Jersey
Locale Gotham County
Planet Earth
"Arkham Asylum is not just any institution for the criminally insane. It's the Ivy League of insanity. A "Harvard" for Psychopaths."
Jeremiah Arkham[src]

Arkham Asylum For The Criminally Insane was a prison that was located in Gotham City.


Arkham Asylum was located on the outskirts of Gotham City, and it was where the criminally insane, especially Batman's foes were incarcerated. (other foes are incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary). Although it had had numerous administrators, its head at one point was Jeremiah Arkham. The Asylum did not have a good record, at least with regard to the high profile cases; escapes were frequent (on at least one occasion, an obsessive-compulsive multiple murderer was signed out of Arkham into the care of an incontinent, alcoholic vagrant, on the grounds that he "looked like a responsible citizen"), and those who were 'cured' and released tend to re-offend. Furthermore, several staff members, including at least one director, have ended up as residents, notably Dr. Jeremiah Arkham, Dr. Harley Quinn, Dr. Jonathan Crane, Dr. Hugo Strange, Lyle Bolton and even the founder Dr. Amadeus Arkham.



Although nobody actually lives in Arkham permanently, it being an asylum, it has an infamous list of frequent residents. It's most notorious inmates throughout the years include:


  • Other foes in Gotham were incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary.