Alcatraz of the Rockies
The U.S. Penitentiary-Administrative Maximum Facility, better known as "Supermax" and "Alcatraz of the Rockies," opened in Florence in 1994 as a place to put problem prisoners.
It has become the government's preferred facility for high-profile inmates, such as convicted "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski and Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.
....Testifying in May before the House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Harley Lappin requested $23 million to build up to "24 new super-secure cells for convicted terrorists." If the money is approved, the cells will be built at Supermax.
How are these cells different from all other cells?
Solitary cells measure 7 feet, 1 inch by 12 feet, 1 inch, but at least half the floor space is filled with fixtures. Other cells are 10 feet by 12 feet. About a third of the cells are for solitary confinement. Cell amenities currently include a concrete bed, an 18-inch-high, fixed-in-place concrete stool, a fixed writing shelf, knobless stainless-steel shower and a stainless-steel unit containing a seatless toilet and knobless wash basin.
Supermax prisoners live in virtual isolation and are rarely allowed out of their cells. Cameras and microphones record nearly everything they do. In the case of terrorist inmates, who often are imprisoned under special national security provisions, that can include conversations with lawyers.
The feds are being pretty tight-lipped about the plans for Supermax, but there are indicators of what's to come:
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