The United States is home to some of the most secured prisons in the world, housing the most notorious criminals of all time. Especially with the increase in crime rates in the past few years, prisons and jails across the country are getting filled up faster than ever.
Do you ever wonder where the most dangerous and unstable law-breakers are sent to? Here is a list of the ten most secured prisons in the United States in no particular order.
- ADX Florence, Colorado
The United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Fremount County near Florence, Colorado is the country’s only supermax prison, and houses only male inmates. It holds the worst criminals convicted, including foreign terrorists like Al-Qaeda members who were involved in the bombing of the Twin Towers, domestic terrorists like the 2013 Boston Marathon bomber, leaders of mafia and organized crimes, as well as double agents who have committed espionage.
- Men’s Central Jail and Twin Towers Correctional Facility: Los Angeles, California
The Men’s Central Jail is not a prison, but a jail. The difference is that a jail is for people who have committed less serious crimes, like drunk driving. So, basically, it houses criminals who are harmless physically.
But the truth is that these inmates are not dangerous only on paper. They are just as, if not more, violent as the “real criminals”. In fact, in 2016, Lee Baca, Los Angeles County sheriff had to resign due to the violent fights between the inmates. On top of this, Paul Tanka, his undersheriff, was jailed for covering up the prison violence.
- Holman Correctional Facility: Escambia County, Alabama
What makes Holman correctional Facility in Alabama so dangerous is that the beatings and stabbings among the inmates are extremely frequent. On top of that, the correctional staff are also beaten up frequently. Another problem is that its inmates are not the kind of men who are ready to be on their best behavior. One of its most notable inmates is Bobby Frank Cherry, the Ku Klux Klan member behind the Baptist church bombing in the 1950s.
- United States Penitentiary Beaumont: Jefferson County, Texas
Even though the United States Penitentiary Beaumont in Texas is a maximum-security prison, the inmates are known for plotting murders. There have been many cases of inmate violence including beatings and murders.
What could be contributing to the problem is that this is a for-profit prison, where the state contracts private companies to operate the prison. Even though this may reduce administrative costs of the state, the murder plots clearly indicate that whoever is in authority has to do a better job.
- San Quentin State Prison: San Rafael, California
San Quentin State Prison makes it to the list as the degree and amount of crime these inmates come in with is unbelievable. For example, an inmate, Richard Farley, was found guilty of killing seven co-workers. Another inmate, John Famalaro, was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 23-year old woman in the early 90s. Then, he put the woman’s body in an icebox for “safe keeping”.
- Orleans Parish Prison: New Orleans, Louisiana
Most of the problems faced by The Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans, Louisiana, surprisingly, is worsened by staff negligence. The prison guards here are known simply to ignore the prevalent violence between inmates. Not only does this do nothing to control the problem, it makes things difficult for inmates who get beat up to get justice.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 23 inmates from this prison had to be sent to the emergency room in just one year.
- Penitentiary of New Mexico: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe was where the most violent prison riot in history, as claimed by many, was carried out in the 1980s. It was reported that at one point of the riot, many of the inmates, mostly child molesters, were burned alive, butchered, and even dismembered. A total of 33 inmates ended up dying in the riot.
- Louisiana State Penitentiary: Angola, Louisiana
The atmosphere in Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, Louisiana, is hostile and violent. Those trying to escape are often shot to death. Riots are regular occurrences too. In 1999, prison guards were even held hostage by six inmates during a riot.
- Rikers Island: Queens, New York
Rikers Island is constantly under speculation for brutal acts not only from inmates but staff as well. One female inmate claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a female corrections officer. She was apparently bound and gagged, and violated many times throughout the night. The guards reportedly told other inmates to be on the look-out.
- Folsom State Prison: Folsom, California
Folsom State Prison is another prison that has had its fair share of notoriety and violence. Dating back to 1937, an inmate was stabbed to death for attempting to escape. But Folsom was the most violent during the 70s and 80s, mainly due to gang violence. In 2010, a huge prison riot erupted, leaving many inmates injured.