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U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The ten best books about America's prisons

    This week's cover story, "The Lifers Book Club," reports on the Words Beyond Bars Project, a pilot progam at the Limon Correctional Facility that puts high-security prisoners, many of them serving life sentences, in a room with volunteers to discuss great books. It's a modest effort that could trans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Update: Photos from supermax lawsuit claiming horrific abuse of mentally ill at ADX

    Update: Yesterday, Alan Prendergast reported on a supermax lawsuit alleging shocking mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners. We've added a copy of the suit, plus photos of the facility and the imprisoned plaintiffs in the case. See it below following Prendergast's piece. Original post by Alan Prend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Private prisons' blueprint for success: more lobbying, less security

    The use of private prisons by states and the federal government continues to increase, yielding billions in annual revenues for two dominant companies in the industry -- despite a lack of solid research that America's experiment with for-profit incarceration actually saves taxpayers money in the lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Robert Hood: A former supermax warden's resolutions for 2012

    Robert Hood.​A former warden at the highest-security prison in the country -- the federal supermax prison outside Florence -- has some intriguing advice for fixing the nation's troubled, budget-draining corrections system in the coming year. Intriguing, in part, because some of the changes Rob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Thomas Silverstein: Judge rules conditions at supermax not "extreme"

    Federal judges in Denver are of two minds about the kind of punishment doled out at the supermax penitentiary in Florence. While one is allowing a Tanzanian terrorist's complaint about the prison's restrictions on his mail and visitors to proceed to trial, another has thrown out Thomas Silverstein's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Harley Lappin: Private prison industry woos another top public official

    ​There are two revolving doors in every prison system. One is for the inmates, many of whom fail on parole and keep coming back. The other is reserved for top administrators who, even amid scandal, move easily from high-powered positions of public trust to high-paid jobs in the private prison ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Scott Howard: Inmate's history of obtaining bogus refunds tip of prison-tax-fraud iceberg

    ​This week's cover story, "The Devil's Playground," recounts the ordeal of Scott Howard, a Colorado inmate extorted and sexually assaulted by the 211 Crew prison gang. But it's also about Howard's history of obtaining bogus tax refunds while behind bars, a talent the gang was eager to exploit. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Thomas Silverstein: After 26 years in solitary, "Terrible Tommy" wins a round in court

    Thomas Silverstein at Atlanta's penitentiary (inset) in the 1980s and at ADX in 2007.​When you've spent your time since the early days of the Reagan years in a cell smaller than some people's closets, progress tends to get measured in small, small increments rather than sweeping events. But T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero: It's not every day the feds get a guilty plea from a drug kingpin with his own Wikipedia page

    Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero once sold weed by the ton. Yes, the ton.​Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero, 46, who entered a guilty plea Friday in regard to charges against him in Colorado and Arizona, isn't just any drug peddler. As one of the reputed leaders of Mexico's Sonora cartel, he became the stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Breaking News: Joe Principe's standoff with the cops ends badly

    Three views of Joe Principe. The call came into my voicemail Monday morning, November 17. "I'm calling to give you the exclusive rights to a standoff with the government," the voice said. "I'm not going to leave my house. They're jamming me up again… after all this nonsense that I've been thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    Kudos for "The Caged Life"

    Earlier this year, "The Caged Life," Alan Prendergast's feature story about lockdown procedures at ADX Supermax, published last August, won a prestigious Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award as the top feature in the country during 2007 for a newspaper with a circulation under 1 ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Pro and Con

    Amadeus Harlan has spent his life playing everyone around him — but not as a Denver Bronco.

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    The Caged Life

    Is Thomas Silverstein a prisoner of his own deadly past — or the first in a new wave of locked-down lifers?

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2007

    Don't Fence Me In

    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales walked the buttoned-down halls of the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum in Florence yesterday, then announced that all was super at the federal supermax. No need for more staff or monitoring at the high-tech prison, a repository of terrorists and superfiends. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Coming Up Short

    President Dubya wants to send more troops to Iraq, but he doesn't seem to be paying much attention to federal employees who say we need more boots on the ground right here --— specifically, more correctional officers in federal prisons, where the level of assaults is rising as staffing rosters ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of June 10, 2003

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Cowboy Justice

    They ran the toughest cellblock in the most dangerous prison in the state. It was the perfect place to beat inmates.

  • News

    October 10, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 10, 2002

  • News

    September 12, 2002

    The Long Silence

    Federal prisoners' fight to get the word out reaches unprintable extremes.

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Off Limits

    Prison break

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    A Broken Code

    The supermax snitch unit was supposed to bust prison gangs, but who was really rolling over?

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Marked for Death

    Trapped in a prison race war, Tony Francis had three choices: kill, snitch or run. He found another way out.

  • News

    March 9, 2000

    Pest of the West

    Death comes for the prairie dog.

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Look for the Union URL

    At the federal supermax, it isn't just the inmates who think management is unfair.

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Fight Club

    The Cowboys set up federal prisoners for beatings -- and blamed it all on the inmates.

  • News

    July 10, 1997
  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Con Heir

    Meet a truly dangerous prisoner. Literate. Political. Published. His teacher: the Birdman of Alcatraz.

  • News

    August 8, 1996

    This Jail for Hire

    Colorado's cheap solution to prison overcrowding has cost inmates plenty. It could cost the state millions.

  • News

    November 29, 1995

    MAXIMUM INSECURITY

    OUTSPOKEN CONS CLASH WITH FLORENCE OFFICIALS OVER RACE, RELIGION--AND SPEAKING FRENCH.

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