5 federal prisons that you should pray you never go to

Federal Bureau of Prisons (Photo Source BOP.gov)

Being sent to prison is a living nightmare for many people, and in America there are plenty of facilities for all. In 2014 there were 1,719 state prisons,102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails, and 79 Indian Country jails. But the federal prisons often have the most hardened criminals. Here are five federal prisons you should pray you never are sent to:

United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility-Florence, Colorado

United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility-Florence, CO (Photo Source: BOP.Gov
United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility-Florence, Colorado (Photo source: BOP.Gov

This federal penitentiary is a super maximum security prison located in the high Rocky Mountain region of Colorado. United States Penitentiary Florence Administrative Maximum Facility is infamous for its solitude and the fact that prisoners are locked in their cells for 23 hours of solitary confinement. The facility is considered escape proof and only the vilest criminal element in America is sent to ADMAX.  Prisoners at the facility have told tales of men going insane and multiple suicide attempts by prisoners using objects like sharpened chicken bones. The facility is currently part of a federal lawsuit over the treatment of prisoners, which includes allegations of denial of needed psychiatric drugs for the mentally ill.  .  Its notorious inmates have included Ted ”Unibomber” Kaczynski,  Atlanta Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph,  9/11 conspirators Zacarias Moussaoui and Ramzi Yousef, Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, Mafia boss Vincent Basciano, Gangster Disciples leader Larry Hoover and many more. It is called “The Alcatraz of the Rockies” and “a high-tech version of hell.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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