Supermax Prison “Designed To Break You Down”


The supermax prison in Colorado where Zacarias Moussaoui will spend the rest of his days is a place where inmates “rot,” prison expert James Aiken told the jury in the case, reports the Los Angeles Times. “I have seen them rot,” he said. “They rot.” Moussaoui was formally sentenced yesterday to life in prison after a federal jury rejected a death sentence for the admitted Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator.

Larry Homenick, a former U.S. marshal, said that there was a small triangular recreation area, known as “the dog run,” where solitary supermax prisoners could occasionally get a glimpse of sky. Aiken said, “Moussaoui will deteriorate.” Ron Kuby, New York defense attorney, said Aiken’s description of rotting was too kind. “It’s beyond rotting,” he said. “Rotting at least implies a slow, gradual disintegration.” Supermax is worse, he said. “It’s not just the hothouse for the mushrooms. It’s designed in the end to break you down.”


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