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The Highest Security Prisons in Florida

The kind of prison you or a loved one will end up in may be a concern for you if you have a federal prison sentence. 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. In this article, we will focus on the highest security level: maximum security prisons.

Penitentiaries, or maximum security prisons, are meant to hold the most violent and dangerous offenders in the federal system. These inmates are serving long sentences or life imprisonment for serious crimes, such as murder, terrorism, espionage, or sex offenses. Some of them may also be awaiting execution on death row.

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. There is a high staff-to-inmate ratio, and the security measures are tight.

The Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman (FCC Coleman) is the location of two maximum security prisons in Florida. FCC Coleman prison, near Wildwood, is a United States federal prison complex for male inmates in unincorporated Sumter County, Florida. 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. The complex has 1,600 acres (650 ha) of space. The complex, the largest correctional facility operated in the nation, houses 7,120 prisoners altogether, and 1,300 employees, as of 2010, making it one of the county’s largest employers. 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 consists of four facilities: Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Low (FCI Coleman Low): a low-security facility. Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Medium (FCI Coleman Medium): a medium-security facility with an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum-security inmates. United States Penitentiary I, Coleman (USP Coleman 1): a high-security facility. United States Penitentiary II, Coleman (USP Coleman 2): a high-security facility.