A federal prison in Florence, Colo., that houses some of the most notorious criminals in American history, from the Unabomber to the would-be shoe bomber, is violating international law by consigning inmates to prolonged solitary confinement, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The Florence facility, known as ADX, subjects inmates to cruel, degrading and “inhuman” conditions, reports NBCNews.com.
Most ADX inmates are allowed almost no social interaction, for 22 to 24 hours a day and years on end. The report says that the “vast majority” are confined in cramped cells with solid walls, solid doors and a small slit window with a view of the sky or other buildings. Exercise time is limited to individual yards or cages “with no view of the natural world,” said the report, which drew on accounts from inmates and legal papers. The Bureau of Prisons declined comment, citing ongoing litigation. A review of solitary confinement in federal prisons is expected to be finished by year's end.