High-Security Prisons in the Sunshine State
You may be curious about the type of prison you or a loved one will be sent to if you are facing a federal prison sentence. There are five security levels for federal prisons: from minimum to high, plus administrative. Depending on the risk and needs of the inmates, each level has different characteristics and limitations. In this article, we will focus on the highest security level: maximum security prisons.
The most dangerous and violent offenders in the federal system are housed in maximum security prisons, which are also called penitentiaries. These Coleman federal prison inmates have committed serious crimes, such as murder, terrorism, espionage, or sex offenses, and have long sentences or life imprisonment. Some of them may also be awaiting execution on death row.
Maximum security prisons have the most restrictive and secure environment, with high walls, razor wire, guard towers, and electronic surveillance. The inmates are confined to their cells for most of the day, with limited movement and activities. There is a high staff-to-inmate ratio, and the security measures are tight.
The Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman (FCC Coleman) is the location of two maximum security prisons in Florida. FCC Coleman prison, near Wildwood, is a United States federal prison complex for male inmates in unincorporated Sumter County, Florida. It is run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), which is a division of the United States Department of Justice.
The facility is situated in central Florida, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Orlando, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Tampa, and 35 miles (56 km) south of Ocala. 846 NE 54th Ter, Coleman, FL 33521 is the location of the complex. The space of the complex is 1,600 acres (650 ha). As of 2010, the complex houses 7,120 prisoners altogether, and 1,300 employees, and is the largest correctional facility operated in the nation, making it one of the largest employers in the county. According to Rachel Monroe of The Atlantic, the prison has held several notable or unusual criminals. Most prisoners, except for those housed at United States Penitentiary Coleman 1, are serving sentences for drug-related crimes, and had not been found guilty of violent acts.
They are all male, the prisoners at FCC Coleman Federal Prison Florida. On average, they have sentences of 10 years. According to press reports, staff had raped female prisoners, which previously were held at the adjacent satellite prison camp, and widespread sexual abuse has been tolerated. Prosecutors have been unable to prosecute cases against the employees due to lack of evidence.
The complex is made up of four facilities: A low-security facility: FCI Coleman Low (Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Low). A medium-security facility with a satellite prison camp for minimum-security inmates adjacent to it: FCI Coleman Medium (Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Medium). A high-security facility: USP Coleman I (United States Penitentiary I, Coleman). A high-security facility: USP Coleman II (United States Penitentiary II, Coleman).
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