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Florida’s High-Security Prisons

If you or a loved one is facing a federal prison sentence, you may be wondering what kind of prison you will end up in. Federal prisons are classified into five security levels: minimum, low, medium, high, and administrative. Each level has different features and restrictions, depending on the inmates’ risk and needs. 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 awaiting execution on death row.

With high walls, razor wire, guard towers, and electronic surveillance, maximum security prisons have the most secure and restrictive environment. 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.

In Florida, there are two maximum security prisons, both located in the Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman (FCC Coleman). Near Wildwood, in unincorporated Sumter County, Florida, is FCC Coleman Correctional Facility, a United States federal prison complex for male inmates. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), 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. There are 1,600 acres (650 ha) of space in the complex. 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. Most prisoners, except for those housed at United States Penitentiary Coleman 1, have been sentenced for drug-related crimes, and had not been convicted of violent acts. The prison has held several unusual or notable criminals, according to Rachel Monroe of The Atlantic.

The prisoners at FCC Coleman federal prison are all male. They have sentences of 10 years on average. 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.

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).