ADX Florence, Colorado
ADX Florence is a Supermax prison where prisoners are held in solitary confinement and are not allowed contact with the outside world. Inmates are allowed out of their cells 1 hour a day to exercise . They have no contact with other inmates and limited interaction with guards.
Pelican Bay State Prison, California
Pelican Bay State Prison is another prison where (about 3,000) inmates in solitary confinement are forced to be extremely isolated for 23 hours a day, and then are allowed one hour in the exercise yard. Prisoners protested the conditions by going on a hunger strike in 2011 that lasted nearly three weeks involving 6,600 inmates and at least 13 prisons.
Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP), Louisiana
An Ex-slave plantation that is still being used as a working farm. The inmates are forced to work on the farm and sexual slavery is commonplace. Two prisoners, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, have been in solitary confinement for 40 years (a world record).
Maricopa County – Tent City
In the brutally hot Arizona desert, Sheriff Joe Arpaio built a tent city housing over 2,000 inmates. The tents reach temperatures of 165 degrees. Sheriff Arapio demeans the inmates by forcing them to wear pink underwear. In 2008 and 2010, conditions of the jail were ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake.
Wallens Ridge and Red Onion, Virginia
Wallens Ridge and Red Onion are “twin” Supermax prisons in Virginia. About 700 of the 2,400 inmates are held in 23 hour solitary confinement. There have been reports of alleged physical and psychological abuse. In 2000, a prisoner named Lawrence James Frazier was shocked with a stun gun and lapsed into a coma and died at Wallens Ridge. His family believes he was being restrained for going into insulin shock. Another death occurred earlier that year at Wallens Ridge.