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  • Today El Chapo spends 23 hours of every day in a cell.

  • He has escaped from two prisons before, but his room in this supermax prison is completely

  • impenetrable.

  • What is El Chapo's prison cell actually like?

  • Let's find out.

  • While in the maximum security prison of Puente Grande in Mexico, El Chapo would hold parties

  • in his cell, and conduct business out of the facility.

  • Clearly this was not a place that took the threats El Chapo posed seriously.

  • Even though he was living a lavish life in Puente Grande, El Chapo wanted to go back

  • to the no rules lifestyle he enjoyed out of prison.

  • To return to the outside world El Chapo snuck out of Puente Grande in a laundry basket in

  • 2001.

  • El Chapo continued his reign of chaos and narcotics trafficking for over a decade before

  • he was captured a second time in 2014.

  • This time he was sent to Altiplano Prison, which was supposedly more secure than the

  • previous facility.

  • At Altiplano El Chapo was not allowed to have parties, and had limited access to the outside

  • world and his cartel.

  • So, he did the only thing he could.

  • He escaped a second time.

  • This time El Chapo had his associates dig a tunnel under the prison and create an opening

  • in the shower floor of his cell.

  • By the time the guards realized what was happening El Chapo had descended down a ladder, hopped

  • on a motorcycle that was waiting for him in the tunnel, and rode it a mile underground

  • to a house on the outskirts of the prison where he made his escape.

  • After he was captured for the third and final time in a heroic raid by Mexican authorities

  • in 2015, El Chapo would be locked up for good.

  • The Mexican government put 24 hour guard details and surveillance on El Chapo.

  • Then the worst possible outcome for the drug lord occured.

  • He was informed that he would be extradited to the United States.

  • El Chapo was flown to the U.S. where he was placed in a maximum security prison to await

  • trial.

  • He was tried and found guilty on ten counts for narcotics trafficking, using a firearm

  • in drug crimes, and money laundering.

  • On July 19, 2019 El Chapo was moved to his current residence at Administrative Maximum

  • U.S. Penitentiary, or ADX, in Florence, Colorado.

  • He was sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison.

  • Now he spends 23 hours a day in his breakout proof cell.

  • But what is the cell like?

  • What is available for El Chapo to do to pass the time?

  • The short answer is: not much.

  • ADX Florence is known as theAlcatraz of the Rockies.”

  • The prison itself opened in 1994.

  • No one has ever escaped from ADX Florence because of its design and the preventative

  • measures put in place at its inception.

  • One main reason that no successful escapes have occurred is because of the cells.

  • El Chapo's cell is located in one of the most secure wings of the prison, and he is

  • anything but comfortable.

  • The room itself is 7 feet by 12 feet and made out of reinforced concrete walls, ceiling,

  • and floor.

  • There is not just one, but two doors that separate the cell from the hallways.

  • The entryway that El Chapo stares at while locked in his cell is made up of an interior

  • barred door with a solid metal outer door just behind it.

  • This reinforces the isolation concept, making sure El Chapo knows he's stuck in his cell,

  • except for the one hour of recreation he gets each day.

  • El Chapo doesn't even get to leave his cell to eat.

  • All food is delivered through the barred inner door before the outer door is sealed again.

  • There is a solid concrete table that El Chapo can sit at, although it is barely big enough

  • to put the food tray on.

  • The table doubles as a desk with a stool, both of which are made of solid concrete and

  • built into the cell infrastructure, so there is no way for him to move anything around.

  • Almost everything in the cell is made of rock and stuck in place.

  • Near the small desk is a shelf for a radio and black and white television set that is

  • rewarded for good behavior.

  • The only programming on the TV is recreational, religious, and educational, so El Chapo will

  • not be seeing any of the documentaries or series on streaming services that have recently

  • been made about his life.

  • The cell contains a concrete slab on which a thin mattress rests.

  • This is El Chapo's bed.

  • It is not made to be comfortable.

  • The bed, like everything else, is concrete and mounted onto the wall.

  • It is just big enough for him to lay on, however, the size does not allow El Chapo to stretch

  • out in any meaningful way.

  • There is a single window in El Chapo's cell.

  • It is 42 inches tall and 4 inches wide, so it is more of a slit in the concrete wall

  • than an actual window.

  • The opening provides a scenic view of the dreary, grey, prison roof, and a small sliver

  • of sky.

  • The window is designed this way so that the prisoners at ADX Florence will never know

  • exactly which part of the prison they are in.

  • That way there is no chance of them informing their associates where to find them if a break

  • out ever occurs.

  • The cells themselves are soundproof so that inmates can't communicate with anyone else

  • in the prison.

  • It also keeps the inmates from knowing when guards are passing, or where people are in

  • the facility at any given time.

  • The design of the cells make sure that tapping or banging on the walls will not create any

  • sound outside of the room.

  • This is to prevent prisoners from communicating with one another using morse code.

  • You might be wondering where El Chapo goes to the bathroom if he is not let out of his

  • cell for 23 hours a day.

  • The toilet and shower are built right into the floor and walls of the cell.

  • This allows El Chapo to do his business, and maintain his hygiene, without having to be

  • transferred to a shower or bathroom facility.

  • The shower is on a timer to prevent any flooding in the cell.

  • This was also done to make sure that prisoners could not drown themselves.

  • There's a single light in El Chapo's cell, which is controlled by the guards.

  • In fact, the electricity to all appliances in the cell is controlled by the guards.

  • So if it is lights out, El Chapo only has the option of staring into the silent blackness

  • around him.

  • There is no TV, radio, or lights when the guards turn off the power.

  • Obviously no phones are allowed in the cells, but if El Chapo behaves himself and follows

  • the rules eventually he will be allowed outside visitors.

  • He will be separated from anyone who visits by a thick glass window.

  • It seems like the prison cell is slowly getting to El Chapo.

  • He was used to a life of luxury and being able to do whatever he wanted.

  • There are no parties in ADX Florence.

  • There is no way for El Chapo to contact other members of his cartel.

  • He is stuck there, just like all of the fixtures in the cell itself.

  • El Chapo has even said that being in his cell at ADX Florence hasbeen torture, and the

  • most inhumane situation I have lived in my entire life.

  • It has been physical, emotional and mental torture."

  • Clearly El Chapo is not enjoying prison this time around.

  • That being said, some human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have questioned

  • the methods and design of ADX Florence.

  • They state that putting mentally unstable prisoners in such an isolated situation borders

  • on mental torture.

  • Everyone knows that prisons are not suppose to be nice, comfortable, places, but being

  • border line torture chambers does bring the methods at ADX Florence into question.

  • So we know that El Chapo's prison cell is not the nicest place to spend a life sentence,

  • but he has committed terrible crimes in his life.

  • Since he is confined to his cell without any human contact for 23 hours every day you might

  • ask: what does El Chapo do for the one hour he is let out of his concrete cage?

  • During his one hour of recreation El Chapo is brought out of his cell and escorted to

  • a concrete pit that is reminiscent of an empty swimming pool.

  • The pit is designed to let El Chapo walk around with three guards escorting him.

  • To be fair, he can't get very far.

  • He can walk about ten steps in a straight line back and forth, or 30 steps in a circle.

  • Either way, El Chapo is not going very long distances, and after an hour the process probably

  • gets pretty monotonous.

  • The exercise pit was purposefully sunk into the ground so that prisoners would not be

  • able to identify their exact location within ADX Florence during their recreation time.

  • Everything at the prison was designed to prevent escape, which for El Chapo must be a real

  • bummer considering he escaped relatively easily from his first two prisons.

  • El Chapo has no idea where he is located within the prison while in his cell, or at the exercise

  • pit.

  • But if he could ever figure it out, what other failsafes are in place to make sure that El

  • Chapo never escapes?

  • ADX Florence is equipped with motion detectors and pressure pads throughout the facility

  • to ensure the guards are alerted to any unauthorized movements.

  • There are countless cameras in plain sight and hidden throughout the prison as well.

  • All of the prison cell doors are controlled by guards, and in total there are 1,400 remote-controlled

  • steel doors in ADX Florence.

  • The walls surrounding the prison complex are 12 feet tall, have razor wire fences lining

  • the tops of them, and are patrolled at all times.

  • Basically there is no way in or out of ADX Florence unless the guards allow it.

  • No one has ever escaped from the prison.

  • And although there have been inmates diagnosed with insanity due to incarceration at ADX

  • Florence, the prison administration does not seem eager to change their set up.

  • In 2012 a class-action lawsuit was brought to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons stating that

  • prisoners at the facility were known to bang on the wall and scream through the night.

  • However, almost ten years later, very little has changed at ADX Florence.

  • El Chapo is not the only infamous criminal to be incarcerated at ADX Florence.

  • Due to the nature of the prison, and the security it provides, some extremely dangerous people

  • are locked up there.

  • Residents of ADX Florence include: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was one of the Boston Marathon

  • bombers; Theodore Kaczynskimore famously known as the Unabomber; and Ronald Herron,

  • AKA Ra Diggs, a rapper from New York City who was convicted of three murders as well

  • as racketeering and drug trafficking in a violent gang based out of Brooklyn.

  • Needless to say, almost everyone at ADXincluding El Chapoare serving life sentences.

  • The prison and the cells it contains are meant to be impenetrable.

  • El Chapo has escaped from two maximum security prisons in Mexico, but the United States authorities

  • have no plans of letting him escape their custody.

  • This is why El Chapo is stuck in his 7 by 12 foot concrete cell for 23 hour a day with

  • no hopes of escape.

  • There will be no more parties, no more drug deals, and no more freedom for this Mexican

  • drug lord.

  • Now check outHow Insane is El Chapo's Prison Cell Security?”

  • Or watchInsane Way El Chapo Escaped Prison/”

Today El Chapo spends 23 hours of every day in a cell.

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