Supermax – torture in US prisons
originally by: SACC
published: 23rd March 2012
Solitary confinement is commonplace in US prisons. Most US states have over the last 30 years introduced specialised new segregation facilities, often referred to as “supermax.” Around 80,000 people are estimated to be incarcerated in facilities of this sort.
But although supermax units are widespread across the various US state prison systems, there is just one federal supermax prison – the Administrative Maximum (ADX) facility in Florence, Colorado. The prisoners held there include persistent escapers, convicted mobsters and men convicted of terrorism offences.
ADX Florence has beds for around 500 prisoners and is part of a much larger federal prison complex. No one has ever escaped from ADX Florence, nor have there been any serious escape attempts. A former prison guard once described it as a “cleaner version of hell.”
Prisoners are confined to single cells for around 22-23 hours a day. Virtually everything in the cells, including the bed, is made from concrete. There is a fireproof mattress on the bed. Windows provide natural light, but are arranged so that only the sky can be seen through them. Prisoners eat their meals in their cells.
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