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in 2017 Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman he faced one of the worst fears of Mexican drug traffickers: extradition to the United States. Now, six years later, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel intends to return to Mexico.
This was announced by his lawyer José Refugio Rodríguez, noting that his client suffers from psychological torture in the maximum security prison ADX Florencebecause he receives unequal treatment, since he is not allowed to have visitors or see the sunlight.
The truth is that the prison where El Chapo was imprisoned is very well designed for its purpose, which is to hold the most dangerous criminals in the federal penitentiary system, according to the opinion of Martin Horn, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and former commissioner of the Department. New York City Correctional Facility.
Many of the more than 400 inmates spend up to 23 hours a day alone in soundproof concrete cells measuring 2 by 3 meters.
Guzmán Loera is prisoner number 377 and has no contact with other prisoners 24 hours a day. In his cell he only has a bed and a concrete desk, a toilet, a sink and a shower, as well as a black and white television. Special administrative measures were also imposed on him, since he cannot see his wife, daughters and mother.
ADX Florence, located two hours from Denver, was built in 1994 with the most dangerous prisoners in mind who could not be controlled in other prisons in the United States.
The cells have a window where you can see a part of the outside, such as security cameras, benches and gates. Inmates can exercise daily in a metal cell located in a courtyard. This is surrounded by walls six meters high.
In the past, Robert Hood, a former prison warden, has described prison conditions as “the life after death”.
“You must be wondering which is worse. Is death worse for a man his age who is going to spend the rest of his life in a box basically 24 hours a day? Life in Supermax is worse than the death penalty,” he stated.
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