Florida’s High-Security Prisons
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. The features and restrictions of each level vary according to the inmates’ needs and risk. This article will concentrate on the maximum security level: the highest security prisons.
Penitentiaries, or maximum security prisons, are meant to hold the most violent and dangerous offenders in the federal system. 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 on death row, awaiting execution.
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. The security measures are strict, and the staff-to-inmate ratio is high.
The Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman (FCC Coleman) is the location of two maximum security prisons in Florida. FCC Coleman Federal Correctional Complex is a United States federal prison complex for male inmates in unincorporated Sumter County, Florida, near Wildwood. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of the United States Department of Justice, operates it.
Approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Orlando, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Tampa, and 35 miles (56 km) south of Ocala, the facility is located in central Florida. 846 NE 54th Ter, Coleman, FL 33521 is the location of the complex. The complex has 1,600 acres (650 ha) of space. As of 2010, the complex, the largest correctional facility operated in the nation, altogether houses 7,120 prisoners, and 1,300 employees, making it one of the largest employers in the county. Most prisoners, with the exception of prisoners housed at United States Coleman Penitentiary 1, are sentenced for drug-related crimes, and had not been convicted of violent acts. According to Rachel Monroe of The Atlantic, the prison has held several unusual or notable criminals.
Prisoners housed at FCC Coleman Florida prison are all male. The prisoners on average have sentences of 10 years. Press reports indicate female prisoners, which previously were held at the adjacent satellite prison camp, had been raped by staff, and that widespread sexual abuse has been tolerated. Prosecutors have been unable to prosecute cases against the employees due to lack of evidence.
Four facilities make up the complex: FCI Coleman Low (Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Low): a low-security facility. FCI Coleman Medium (Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Medium): a medium-security facility with a satellite prison camp for minimum-security inmates adjacent to it. USP Coleman I (United States Penitentiary I, Coleman): a high-security facility. USP Coleman II (United States Penitentiary II, Coleman): a high-security facility.