Profile Of An “Inhuman, Soul-Destroying” Prison


President Obama has suggested sending some inmates from the Guantantamo Bay detention center to the federal supermax prison in Florence, Co. USA Today profiles the 490-bed facility built in 1994 where, says prison consultant James Aiken, the human mind goes to “rot.” There is virtually no inmate interaction – for 23 hours each day, offenders are locked away in small, self-contained cells. The Bureau of Prisons says all but one bed in the supermax are taken.

Attorney Ronald Kuby, who has represented about a dozen clients who have served time in Florence, calls the environment there “inhuman and soul-destroying.” He adds: “Prisons tend to be brutal and arbitrary places, but Florence was created with the purpose of breaking a person.”

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