ADX Supermax Prison Could Await El Chapo

Joaquin Guzman could live out the rest of his days in the ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. The Supermax prison, called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” is the most likely place for Guzman to serve out his multiple life sentences.

The drug lord, once called “El Chapo,” has already escaped maximum security prisons twice in his life.

ADX Supermax Prison

El Chapo’s Sentencing

Guzman’s verdict was passed down earlier this week, though his sentence has yet to be decided. However, given the sensitive nature of his case and his propensity for escaping maximum security prisons, the Supermax in Colorado seems the most likely place for him. No one has ever escaped from ADX, and for good reason.


The prison has been described as “inescapable”. There are numerous snipers posted on towers, guard dogs and high walls all around. Within the prison, maximum-security prisoners spend 23 hours of their day in solitary confinement. Some days they are allowed an hour of time in a courtyard, in a cage, in chains.

They get to see the sky once a day for around an hour, through the bars of a cage and while in chains. The windows of these cells don’t offer a view of the sky, making it a likely very boring and dismal day-to-day.

Infamous Inhabitants

The Supermax prison is home to numerous infamous criminals from throughout the years. One of the most notable inhabitants is the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev faces a death sentence for his bombing, which killed three and injured 250 others.

Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, is also imprisoned there. He is serving a life sentence for mailing bombs that killed three people and injured 27 others over 17 years. Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the September 11th conspirators, is serving his life sentence in this prison as well.

In short, America tends to tuck its very worst bogeymen under the ADX Supermax prison. It seems quite likely that El Chapo will join the rogues’ gallery when his sentence is passed down.