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Colorado Supermax Sued – Business Insider

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

In 1990, John Jay Powers was sentenced to time in prison for robbing a bank.

While there, he witnessed the murder of another inmate and began suffering from post-traumatic stress.

In 2001, after a brief escape attempt, he was transferred to Administrative Maximum (ADX) Florence, the federal government’s only supermax facility, where inmates are housed in conditions of such extreme isolation the prison is known, not so fondly, as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies”.

Before entering ADX, Powers had no history or symptoms of mental illness, but since being installed there, he has become deranged and has engaged in numerous acts of self-mutilation, including amputating his testicle and scrotum, biting off his finger and trying to kill himself on several occasions.

To give you an idea of why a previously sane person would lapse into madness at ADX, you need look no further than the circumstances of their confinement. ADX was designed to ensure the total isolation of all its prisoners, who are held in cells about the size of an average toilet. The cells have thick, concrete soundproof walls, a door with bars and a second door made of solid steel.

via Colorado Supermax Sued – Business Insider.

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