The Mexican drug lord, “El Chapo” Joaquin Guzman, entered a Colorado prison known as “the Alcatraz of the Rockies” on Friday to begin a life sentence after being found responsible for boat-load of crimes including conspiracy to commit murder.
Guzman was sentenced to life in jail, plus 30 years, in a federal court in the New York precinct of Brooklyn. A jury condemn him of drug trafficking and interesting in several murder conspiracies as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s largest, most violent drug-trafficking organizations.
The high-security “Supermax” prison, 115 miles south of Denver with about 375 inmates, has never had an escape because it opened in 1994.
Guzman twice escaped maximum-security prisons in Mexico and was re-captured in 2016. In 2017 he was extradited to the US to face US charges.
Guzman, 62, joins a lengthy checklist of notorious criminals who call the prison home. They embody “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, Terry Nichols from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The prison is nicknamed “Alcatraz of the Rockies” after the San Francisco prison whose inmates included the gangster Al Capone and convicted murderer Robert Franklin Stroud, referred to as the Birdman of Alcatraz.
Like other prisoners, Guzman will probably be confined for around 23 hours a day to a solitary cell that has a narrow window about 42 inches (107 cm) high and angled upward, so only the sky is seen.
His cell is anticipated to have a television, providing him access to religious services and educational programs.
Particular restrictions are used to ensure that inmates can’t exert effect or make threats past prison walls. Prisoners can’t transfer round without being escorted. Headcounts have carried out at least six times a day.