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Americas Highest Security Prison (ADX Florence)

The toughest prison in the US Bureau of Prisons

Supermax was constructed to provide a detention facility for the highest risk inmates in the federal system. The prison houses several prisoners who have been deemed too dangerous or too high-profile to ever be in a normal prison. Standard procedure is to keep the prisoners are kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. The high profile prisoners are the exception the vast majority of the inmates have been sent to ADX Florence from other prisons due to a history of violent behavior. This 490 bed facility houses drug lords, gang leaders, spies, and the majority of convicted terrorists. .

Official know as United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility It is unofficially known as ADX Florence, Florence ADMAX, Supermax, or The Alcatraz of the Rockies. The prison as a whole contains a multitude of motion detectors and cameras, 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors, and 12 ft high razor wire fences. Laser beams, pressure pads, and attack dogs guard the area between the prison walls and razor wire. A former ADX warden described the place as "a cleaner version of Hell."

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Locations nearby include: Pikes Peak , Great Sand Dunes NP and Royal Gorge

Additional resources from: Federal Bureau of Prisons

no visiting is allowed
5880 Highway 67
Florence CO 80840

Towers at Supermax Prison

Photo by Mike Granato

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Fence Line at Super Max Prison ADX Florence

Photo by Stewarts Photography

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