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The U.S.’s most secure prison: ADX Florence

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ADX Florence, built south of Florence Colorado in 1994, is the most secure prison in the United States prison system. Commonly referred to as a “Supermax” prison, it has 490 beds in a compound which encompasses 37 acres.

The prison was designed to house prisoners deemed too dangerous or high-profile for regular incarceration, and nearly 95% of all inmates that have been sent to Florence were transfers with histories of violent behavior in other prison facilities.

ADX Florence is known for its harsh conditions; inmates are kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. The hour they are allowed out is into a bigger cell with vaulted ceilings called the “empty swimming pool.” This room has a 4-inch by 4-foot skylight as the only window. It is designed to prevent the prisoners from knowing where they are, and they still spend this time alone.

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This is a bit out dated. There is no solitary confinement any more in federally funded facilities. Inmates are now placed in Restrictive Housing. They are still limited in movement and contact but they do have more human to human interaction and there out of cell exercise is now increased in time. Additionally, in conjunction to other new initiatives, inmates are given more comprehensive behavioral health treatment. Not as harsh as articulated. Yes, I have been there on 2 separate occasions. Once on a tour and the second to oversee the transfer of a US military prisoner.

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45 minutes ago, Trelane said:

This is a bit out dated. There is no solitary confinement any more in federally funded facilities. Inmates are now placed in Restrictive Housing. They are still limited in movement and contact but they do have more human to human interaction and there out of cell exercise is now increased in time. Additionally, in conjunction to other new initiatives, inmates are given more comprehensive behavioral health treatment. Not as harsh as articulated. Yes, I have been there on 2 separate occasions. Once on a tour and the second to oversee the transfer of a US military prisoner.

It sounds much the same.

§ 541.21 Special Housing Units (SHUs).

Special Housing Units (SHUs) are housing units in Bureau institutions where inmates are securely separated from the general inmate population, and may be housed either alone or with other inmates. Special housing units help ensure the safety, security, and orderly operation of correctional facilities, and protect the public, by providing alternative housing assignments for inmates removed from the general population.

https://ecfr.federalregister.gov/current/title-28/chapter-V/subchapter-C/part-541

Solitary confinement in the United States

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitary_confinement_in_the_United_States#Federal_prisons

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Trelane
2 hours ago, Eldorado said:

It sounds much the same.

§ 541.21 Special Housing Units (SHUs).

Special Housing Units (SHUs) are housing units in Bureau institutions where inmates are securely separated from the general inmate population, and may be housed either alone or with other inmates. Special housing units help ensure the safety, security, and orderly operation of correctional facilities, and protect the public, by providing alternative housing assignments for inmates removed from the general population.

https://ecfr.federalregister.gov/current/title-28/chapter-V/subchapter-C/part-541

Solitary confinement in the United States

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitary_confinement_in_the_United_States#Federal_prisons

It really isn't though. Solitary confinement was used as a tool primarily until the 1980s in most facilities with the shift to "disciplinary segregation" becoming the norm after that. The SHU and Dis. Seg. are terminology that were in use until about three years ago in most institutions. However, as of the 2016 initiative inmates that were segregated or classified to be separate from general population would have the new guidelines apply. It is now a federal requirement that any facility that receives federal funding must adhere to the Restrictive Housing Guiding principles and mandates. Wikipedia is far behind in being properly updated in that arena.

https://www.justice.gov/archives/dag/file/815551/download

https://nicic.gov/us-department-justice-report-and-recommendations-concerning-use-restrictive-housing-final-report

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2 minutes ago, Trelane said:

Wikipedia is far behind in being properly updated in that arena.

 

So is the Federal Register then.

Even though.... "You are viewing the current version of the eCFR. The eCFR is up to date as of 1/08/2021"

INMATE DISCIPLINE AND SPECIAL HOUSING UNITS: Same link as before

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