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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. The security levels of federal prisons range from minimum to high, with an additional administrative level. Depending on the risk and needs of the inmates, each level has different characteristics and limitations. This article will concentrate on the maximum security level: the highest security prisons.

The most dangerous and violent offenders in the federal system are housed in maximum security prisons, which are also called penitentiaries. Serious crimes, such as murder, terrorism, espionage, or sex offenses, have landed these inmates in 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 Coleman Florida prison inmates have limited movement and activities, and are confined to their cells for most of the day. The staff-to-inmate ratio is high, and the security measures are strict.

Both of the maximum security prisons in Florida are located in the Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman Penitentiary (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 run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), which is a division of the United States Department of Justice.

The facility is located in central Florida, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Orlando, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Tampa, and 35 miles (56 km) south of Ocala. The Coleman prison address is 846 NE 54th Ter, Coleman, FL 33521. The complex has 1,600 acres (650 ha) of space. 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.

Prisoners housed at FCC Coleman Florida prison are all male. The prisoners on average 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).