Sunday, January 22, 2017

El Chapo: A look at ADX Florence Colorado Supermax Prison

It is the home of the Unibomber, Green River Killer, Boston Bomber, The 9/11 conspirator, Atlanta Olympics Bomber and many other of the most notorious convicts. And consensus is that it is the probable home of Joquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, should he be convicted.

It is the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence Colorado.  Built as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies”, escape proof with the highest security in the United States.  Built to house the worse of criminals.

Mexican narcos incarecerated in ADX:

Francisco Javier Arellano Felix (AFO) The life in prison sentence for former drug cartel leader Francisco Javier Arellano Félix has been reduced to 23 1/2 years because he’s provided crucial information to the government that has led to prosecutions in the U.S. and Mexico, according to federal court records.

Juan Garcia Abrego (CDG) serving 11 consecutive life  sentences

Osiel Cardenad Guillen (CDG) serving 25 year sentence pleading guilty, release date 2025

The Concrete Cell
Cells are a 12X7 foot structure. On the wall is a concrete platform for a black and white TV, which broadcasts closed circuit programming of classes and religious programming. It also has a built in radio.

  • There is a Stainless steel toilet/sink/water source combination. 
  • A stationary concrete desk and stool sits in the cell 
  • A slim 4” wide 40" high window has a view of the courtyard 
  • Inside cell shower with a timer 
  • A concrete slab bed 
  • An enclosure within the cell with bars, used for added isolation and security Solid walls prevent prisoners from seeing other cells or having direct contact with other inmates.

The prison has 8 housing units that can accommodate up to 500 inmates. All food is presented though a slot through the door.  Inmates remain in cells for visits with clergy or physicians.  They are inside the cell in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day, with 10 hours a week for exercise inside a "cage".

Inmates have access to books and some magazines.

They have almost no human contact and can go days without speaking to anyone.

Former Warden Says Death Is Better Than Life In Supermax in this video about the Boston Marathon Bomber, he was subsequently transferred to ADX.