Euronews – Mexican drug king pin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is likely to spend the rest of his days in high security ADX lock up in Colorado, the federal prison often called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” or “SuperMax.”
The prison’s conditions are so harsh that a former guard was quoted as saying it is “a cleaner version of hell”.
Gone are the days of luxury for the notorious drug trafficker. El Chapo will spend 22-24 hours per day in an 8×10 foot cell consisting of a bunk, desk and stool, all made of concrete, along with a sink, shower, and toilet.
The cells are almost completely void of daylight, with a four-inch “arrow slit” dug into the wall.
An airtight steel door allows for no contact with neighboring detainees.
No escapes likely
“El Chapo” was known for his ability to evade the Mexican authorities and famed for prison breaks.
In SuperMax, though, his talents will be less useful — no one has ever escaped from the prison since it opened in 1994.
The convicted Sinaloa Cartel leader faces life in prison at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for June 25. Read more.
Super-maximum security (supermax) or administrative maximum (ADX) is a term used to describe “control-unit” prisons, or units within prisons, which represent the most secure levels of custody in the prison systems of certain countries.
The term is used in the United States and a number of other countries to describe the most secure form of security within a certain prison system.
The objective is to provide long-term, segregated housing for inmates classified as the highest security risks in the prison system—the “worst of the worst” criminals—and those who pose an extremely serious threat to both national and global security.