Take A Look Inside “Alcatraz of the Rockies” The World’s Most Secure Supermax Prison

It’s home to Ramzi Yousef, who plotted the1993 bombing at the World Trade Center; 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui; “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski; and Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber.”

When inmates arrive at the United States Penitentiary Administrative-Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, it immediately becomes clear: ADX, the nation’s most secure Supermax prison, is built to cut them off from the world.

Now that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has been formally sentenced to death, his final destination will be in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. On Thursday, he was transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, one of several correctional facilities in the city, including Supermax.

The worst of the worst in America’s vast prison network are delivered to ADX, the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” in buses, special vehicles, even Black Hawk helicopters.

Heavily armed patrols cruise the sprawling complex. A dozen imposing gun towers rise above squat brick buildings. Walls topped with razor wire partially block the snow-capped mountains.

“As soon as they come through the door … you see it in their faces,” former ADX warden Robert Hood said. “That’s when it really hits you. You’re looking at the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in the backdrop. When you get inside, that is the last time you will ever see it.”

Check out the video below:

One exercise option for inmates is to walk in an outdoor cage.

Guard towers loom over the federal facility in Florence, Colo., the highest-security prison in the United States and home to more than 400 prisoners.

 

181 comments
Leo Fuentes
Leo Fuentes

Many Politicos from Chicago there..some more to come soon!...lol

Randy West
Randy West

Nothing but land to tunnel under

Vicki Holzhauer
Vicki Holzhauer

I've driven by it, and it's one scary-looking place. Maybe home to Trump after the election when he goes out and shoots someone (or many someones) on Fifth Avenue after the election.

Tracey Caunt
Tracey Caunt

This is the one we talked about Tina Amberg and Chad Amberg.. Serious stuff!

Tina Amberg
Tina Amberg

yup.. But I am sure they feel safer inside those walls than with us Coloradans \U0001f61c\U0001f52b

Mephistopeles Jones
Mephistopeles Jones

 America, you have made these monsters in your image and continue to find ways to monetize the situation. Land of the jailed home of the scared.

Gracey Collins
Gracey Collins

Anyone who has killed a child or raped a human or killed one should be here. Horrible place but I am sick of scumbags walking away free these days. It's disgusting

Dave Koch
Dave Koch

why didn't they put those from Gitmo there ?

Ann Kellermann
Ann Kellermann

Hey Hillary, look what's waiting for you. I'm from Colorado and I didn't know what was there. Obama wants to send the Getmo prisoners there. We don't want them there. We want them in Getmo for the rest of their life. Leave Colorado to themselves, we like it just the way it is.

John Petty
John Petty

Why shouldn't Gitmo prisoners go there? It's a supermax facility and they are supermax prisoners. They're not putting them in a tent in your backyard.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Yet we are afraid to house Guantanamo Bay prisoners of war here.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

KC Franklin What a really supid dumbf'ing remark. Get a Life

KC Franklin
KC Franklin

Nah. Obozo is releasing them all right back to the battlefield to kill more Americans. Worst "president" ever.

Mike Mathews
Mike Mathews

Apparently you haven't heard of black dolphin. That's the most secure prison in the world.

Ryan Thomas
Ryan Thomas

It's in Russia. It's not more secure than this one. The 1 thing they do better is the prisoner positioning during escort. And use of blindfolds when escorted between buildings to prevent observation of layout. It's not more secure though.

Don Corvette
Don Corvette

That's funny how many people just don't know about this. Bet you knew about Guantanamo. Because they wanted you to know about that to hide where and what is going on in the REAL SUPER MAX. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!

DeAnna Beck
DeAnna Beck

After what horrible things they have done. This is what they deserve. It's not supposed to be country club life after you kill people.

Zach Gloss
Zach Gloss

Go on YouTube and look up most nicest prisons, there's one in Norway that's almost like a country club that is on a island

Brian Sipes
Brian Sipes

Public Hangings all must attend. Hangmans Gallows in each State.

Vicente Ernandes
Vicente Ernandes

Say hi to El Chapo for me lol. Dude is going to rot here

Randy Urban
Randy Urban

Under ground.. the worst of the worst are their what a wast of money they will live there the rest of their lives and never get to see the sun again. . All on our dollars

Stacey Ford
Stacey Ford

Did you know it costs more tax money to do leathal injections than it does to keep people alive?

Danielle Jolene Smith
Danielle Jolene Smith

It's not the lethal injection that's costly, it's that the appeals process is so costly. They will try to appeal over and over again and that's what wastes the most money.

Irene Bme
Irene Bme

one bullet to the head - not costly at all...

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

I'm thinking Ted Kazinski could be quite helpful

Justin Terry
Justin Terry

Only if you get put in there could you imagine that

Dawn Rhoten Lincoln
Dawn Rhoten Lincoln

Believe me when I say those who find themselves at ADX Florence earned their way there. My husband was in charge of the terrorist unit for the last two years of his 23 year career.

Carrie Roecker
Carrie Roecker

It's still to good for all of them, they should get what they gave out, death. Why should we pay to take care of me them.

Stephanie Bloom Parker
Stephanie Bloom Parker

There are countries who refuse extradition to the U.S. because our incarceration system is "cruel & unusual ".

Gail Blank
Gail Blank

Wow. Hope they are treated badly too.

Kristi McArthur
Kristi McArthur

Please don't talk, it hurts my brain trying to comprehend your gibberish.