Supermax, the ADX federal prison in Florence, west of Pueblo, houses some of the nation’s most notorious convicted terrorists -- "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, Sept. 11 terrorism plotter Zacarias Moussaoui, and "Army of God" bomber Eric Rudolph, to name a few. And as the New York Times’ Mark Binelli told us in April, a lawsuit claims the place is so inhumane that it causes mental illness.
That’s why a quote from (again) the New York Times on Sunday caught our eye. In a story about Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death penalty sentence, and the mixed emotions around the city about it, the Times reporters found “Peggy Fahey, a lifelong Bostonian who was sipping coffee on a park bench in South Boston.”
“Oh, please, let him die. Enough is enough,” said Ms. Fahey, 78, her blue eyes blazing. “Why send him to a fancy prison out there in Colorado and let him be coddled again and let him be interviewed by Diane Sawyer — you know what I mean? Just be done with it.”
Here's some of what Binelli wrote earlier this year about Supermax:
Inmates spend their days in 12-by-7-foot cells with thick concrete walls and double sets of sliding metal doors (with solid exteriors, so prisoners can’t see one another). A single window, about three feet high but only four inches wide, offers a notched glimpse of sky and little else. Each cell has a sink-toilet combo and an automated shower, and prisoners sleep on concrete slabs topped with thin mattresses.