USP Florence

  • 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 12, 2011

    Gory prison video of Joey Estrella's murder, disemboweling shouldn't be released, court rules

    ​Gruesome video footage taken at a Colorado federal penitentiary of two inmates taunting guards and mutilating the corpse of their cellmate won't be released to the news media any time soon -- even though the videos were shown in open court to two juries in a failed effort to obtain the death ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    In the Florence pen, it's risky not to join the riot

    ​The dysfunctional high-security federal penitentiary in Florence has been the scene of all sorts of gang-related mayhem, from the grisly 1999 disembowelment of inmate Joey Estrella to the 2008 racial uprising in the yard, in which guards fired on brawling prisoners and killed two (as reported ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    Life in the Florence Prison: It's a Riot

    Note to self: Avoid extended stays in federal high-security penitentiaries, especially on weekends. Most prison riots tend to happen on weekends, when staffing is bare-bones and the week's grievances have heated to a boil. Last Sunday's melee at the U.S. Penitentiary Florence, in which guards fired ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    August 28, 2007
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    May 29, 2007

    Muzzling the Messenger: A Supermax Story

    The shackled plaintiff testified by video hookup from a holding cell in the control unit of the highest security federal pen in the country. His lawyers were students from the University of Denver who haven’t yet passed the bar. But Mark Jordan was determined to have his day in court. Three days ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2007

    Pass the Liver, Hold the Fava Beans

    The Sablans channeled Hannibal Lecter. This morning's guilty verdict in the murder trial of William Concepcion Sablan -- a federal inmate who, assisted by his cousin, slaughtered and gutted another prisoner named Joey Estrella -- wasn't a surprise to anyone familiar with even the barest details o ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    September 12, 2002

    The Long Silence

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

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    The Cowboy Way

    Federal prison guards accused of beating inmates have their own support group -- the officers' union.

  • 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

    December 16, 1999

    Fight Club

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