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5 federal prisons that you should pray you never go to

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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.”

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6 Comments

  1. shellyTheGreat on September 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

    i pray i’m never sent to even the best federal prison. good article.

  2. Tony on October 1, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Worked as a Correction Officer in three out of the five. Leavenworth Pen, USDB and the Atlanta Pen. Seen some crazy stuff. Some of them should never see the streets again!! Retired from the Federal Prison System after 30 years of service.

    • Sasha on November 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      You probably don’t hear this often enough, so thank you for your service.

      I live in Florence, CO and it’s a great little town. Unfortunately we are only known for ADMAX.

  3. CaryPGHPraveen15 on February 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    The prison system in the USA is beyond crazy. Things really need to change and people shouldn’t have to go to jail for minor offenses such as shoplifting or theft. Those are not serious like robbery, assault, rape, & murder. At this rate everybody will end up in prison for a minor offense they committed.

    • Jessie Smith on June 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      So if someone steals your car, you want them to get off with a slap on the wrist. You need to get out more often.

  4. Jessie Smith on June 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    For some reason, I can only see the first and last ones. I worked almost two years at the U.S. Penitentiary Leavenworth before it became a Medium and at the U.S. Penitentiary Pollock (aka the Meat Grinder) for 8 1/2. A Federal Detention Center, 3 Medium Correctional Institutions all with Camp facilities. These ain’t no pic a nic grounds Boo-Boo. Go through life and behave yourself like Mom and Dad tried to teach you and don’t go to prison.