Tsarnaev Could Await Death in a Place That’s ‘Pretty Close’ to Hell

By Published on May 20, 2015

“Pretty close” to hell.

That’s how former supermax prison warden Robert Hood – a man who has seen 20 years of hardened criminals with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and been in the room with some of the world’s worst terrorists — described the place where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may await his death.

He’s also referred to it as “the Harvard” of America’s prison system.

Now sentenced to death, the Boston bomber could await his execution at the notorious ADX Supermax facility in Florence, Colo.

After Tsarnaev’s formal sentencing this summer, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will decide whether he is sent to the the ADX Supermax or a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute. He could easily spend decades in the hell hole because of the lengthy appeals process.Florence Supermax ADX cell (left and right). Excercise Cages (Middle) Index of Photographic Exhibits to Plaintiffs' Complaint, Bacote, et al v. United States Bureau of Prisons, et al

The prison — called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” and a “clean version of hell” — is known for housing violent inmates driven mad by their constant isolation.

Several prisoners filed a lawsuit alleging chronic abuse in the facility. The complaint is chilling:

“Prisoners interminably wail, scream and bang on the walls of their cells,” the lawsuit says. “Some mutilate their bodies with razors, shards of glass, writing utensils and whatever other objects they can obtain. Some swallow razor blades, nail clippers, parts of radios and televisions, broken glass and other dangerous objects. Others carry on delusional conversations with voices they hear in their heads, oblivious to the reality and the danger that such behavior might pose to themselves and anyone who interacts with them.”

The ADX is the only federal Supermax prison in the country. It was built in 1994 as a super secure facility in response to a rash of prison outbreaks and attacks on guards. It’s basically where America puts you when it doesn’t want you to communicate with any other humans… ever.

Only the most dangerous criminals are sent there. Inmates include Ramzi Yousef, the man behind the 1993 World Trade Center Bombings, as well as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Aryan Brotherhood members and gang leaders end up within the Colorado facility’s walls as well.

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