Mexican narco Joaquin Guzman known as "El Chapo" or "the Midget" who heads the Sinaloa cartel was extradited last Friday to face trafficking charges in New York, and his new lower Manhattan digs are "in a special unit inside the drab 12-story Metropolitan Correctional Center, where such other high-profile, high-risk inmates as Gambino crime family boss John Gotti and several former close associates of Osama bin Laden awaited trial" as reported by the Fox News:
In the 10th-floor Special Housing Unit, known by its acronym, the SHU, pronounced like "the shoe," around a dozen prisoners spend 23 hours a day in 20-by-12-foot cells, prohibited from communicating with one another. Meals are eaten in cells, and exercise is in a recreation area specifically for these inmates. To reduce the risk that a wealthy inmate such as Guzman might try to corrupt jail staff, the number of jailers who have access to him will likely be limited and each will undergo extra screenings by top jail officials. The special unit's strict confinement drew criticism in 2011 from the human rights group Amnesty International, which expressed concern that the sparse cells, exercise restrictions and isolation "amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."
The only facility more secure than the SHU at MCC is the supermax in Florence, CO where El Chapo will be permanently caged if convicted as reported by Newsweek:
Widely known as Supermax, or "Alcatraz of the Rockies," the facility opened in 1994 and holds 400-plus inmates inside specially designed "control units" that function as prisons within prisons. Inmates in these units are confined to single-person cells for up to 23 hours a day, depriving them of virtually all contact with the outside world. Special restrictions are designed not only to prevent escape and keep corrections staff safe but to ensure that the most incorrigible inmates have no means of exerting influence or threats beyond prison walls.
It must be particularly bitter for El Chapo that Mexican officials extradited him to the United States to stand trial under the Trump administration. Guzman apparently was unhappy with the election results according to a post last November on a Twitter account which law enforcement believes may be controlled by close associates of the narco boss as reported by the Daily News. Guzman previously threatened to kill Trump, and in July 2015 apparently tweeted "keep screwing [with us] and I'm going to make you eat your fucking words you lousy white faggot." Curiously, Twitter did not suspend the Midget's hateful account, and LGBT groups have not denounced his remarks. Indeed, given that the Sinaloa cartel controls 80 percent of the American market, this blogger has called for the LGBT community to boycott all illicit drugs in response to the pervasive homophobia in narco culture.
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