Inmates in Colorado’s Supermax allege prison causes mental illness

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<p>(Courtesy&nbsp;Federal Bureau of Prisons)</p>
<p>The Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX), better known as the Supermax federal prison, in Florence, Colorado.</p>
Photo: Supermax ADX federal prison Florence inmates Unabomber, Moussaoui, Rudolph
Inmates at the Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX), better known as the Supermax federal prison, in Florence, Colorado, include, from left, "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack plotter Zacarias Moussaoui, and "Army of God" bomber Eric Rudolph.

article in the latest edition of The New York Times' Sunday magazine details gruesome stories of mentally ill inmates injuring themselves in the federal Supermax prison. The prison, formally known as ADX, is in Florence, about 35 miles west of Pueblo. Inmates, in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons, allege conditions at the facility are inhumane and can lead to, or exacerbate, mental illness.

The prison houses some of the nation's most notorious inmates, such as "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, Sept. 11, 2001, attack plotter Zacarias Moussaoui, and "Army of God" bomber Eric Rudolph. None of those high-profile inmates are part of the lawsuit. The dozen or so inmates involved in the lawsuit are lesser-known.

Reporter Mark Binelli interviewed former inmates for a story in the most recent issue of the Times' Sunday magazine. Binelli spoke from New York with Colorado Matters' producer/reporter Andrea Dukakis.