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12/15/2004 6:32am,
seems like a nice place to live:
http://www.tgorski.com/courses/PICS%20-%20Post%20Incarceration%20Syndrome/PICS%20Reading%20Assignment%2002%20-%20Colorado%27s%20ADX%20Supermax%20Prison%20010831 .htm

12/15/2004 6:36am,
So it was the aryan brotherhood hit on prison guards in Marion (at the time the most secure prison) by Silverstein and Clay Fountain that brought this prison into existence. I read about this incident in the book The Hot house: Inside Leavenworth. Silverstein had a somwhat good reason to kill the guard who was harassing him. But Fountain a few minutes later attacked a few guards with another shank juming out of his cage screaming "What now mothrfuuuckers" and said he did it because he wasn't gonna let SIlverstein beat him when it comes to dead bodies. In this article it sums it up as well:

"On Oct. 22, 1983, two handcuffed inmates at the federal prison in Marion, Ill. killed two guards in separate incidents.

In the first, ``The inmate was walking down the hall, with his hands cuffed in front of him,'' Werlich said. So fast and practiced was the prisoner, he ``was able to suddenly turn and shove his cuffed hands into the cell of a friend, who quickly unlocked the cuffs with a stolen key, handed his friend a knife and the inmate turned around and killed the guard.'' Later that day, another inmate used the same lethal tactic.

Up until then, Marion -- the place where the Bureau of Prisons formerly sent its worst offenders -- was an old-style, open population prison. When trouble broke out, the prison was locked down and all inmates kept in their cells until a few days later, when it would open back up. And then the killings and assaults would resume.

For Norman Carlson, then director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the deaths of the two guards was the turning point.

``I decided I had no alternative but to bite the bullet and do it'' -- institute a permanent lockdown at Marion -- ``and hope the courts would understand,'' Carlson said.

``There is no way to control a very small subset of the inmate population who show absolutely no concern for human life,'' he said. ``These two characters ( who killed the two guards ) had multiple life sentences. Another life sentence is no deterrent.''

This happened not too long after Silverstein and Fountain murdered 2 other inmates one named Cadillac Smith was the leader of the dc blacks prison gang and Fountain charged him head on with a shank before he got to him Cadillac stabbed him in the chest with his own shank but Fountain kept fighting him and along with silverstein they murdered him. both these guys are now under no human contact where the lights stay light 24 hours a day. Silverstein was freed for a short period during a riot Cubans started and they didn't know what to do with him he was so scary. The feds made a deal with them to trade him in and they all tackled him.

12/15/2004 6:43am,
Another interesting article:

Unlike the gangs which often waited for an opportunity to "hit" a target when "the man" was not around, the AB appears to have openly courted the reputation as "crazy MFers" as they often wrote to and about each other during this period. Hits were regularly attempted in the presence of staff and other inmates. The desire to build and keep an extreme reputation was so great that an inmate only two months from parole actually murdered another inmate during an administrative segregation recreation period that he knew was being videotaped. The assailant was a member of another gang making his "bones" in order to get into the AB, and the inmate he stabbed 24 times with an eight inch homemade knife was a Brotherhood member accused of having given written testimony against another AB member in the matter of the homicide of a black inmate almost a year earlier.11

Twenty-five percent of all inmate homicides for the years 1984 and 1985 were committed by Brotherhood members. These 13 homicides constitute 30% of all gang-related homicides for the two-year period12. As the newspapers heralded the surge in inmate violence as a response to the power void left by the dissolution of the building tender system (Freelander 1985), and the total inmate assaults for the two years topped the 500 mark (the number of gang-related assaults is not known as no official designation was used to identify victims or offenders by gang membership), many previously unaffiliated white inmates felt the need to associate themselves with the Brotherhood. Inmate Red suggests that this was true because the Aryan Brotherhood was made up of men who were, like the Marines, "the proud and the few"."

This low-status backlash is evidenced in the numerous assaults of Brotherhood inmates on blacks for "disrespecting whites". Analysis of written correspondence during this period reveals AB members chasing blacks around recreation yards with knives, harpooning others through open food slots, fire bombing and assaulting blacks on the way to/from showers, recreation, and legal visits, as well as stabbing, beating, and murdering inmates thought to be enemies of the Brotherhood.

"The Aryan Brotherhood had definitely become a major power within its own right by the beginning of 1985. The administration of several units placed known AB leaders in "lock-up" during the summer and fall of 1984 as "threats to the safety and security of other inmates and to the institution as a whole"13. One member of the steering committee wrote to the president in July of 1984 saying, "Sorry to hear you got slammed. I feel like it's a disease spreading throughout the system" (referring to his being placed in administrative segregation)."

"By March of 1988, prison gang coordinators were listing one-fifth of the total ABT membership as "ex-members". The group that was once feared as the most violent and unpredictable within the system had degenerated into a very small number of what Lipset and Raab refer to as joiners allied with several groups of expressive approvers who dislike blacks and most other minorities but are not motivated by a comprehensive loyalty to the group.


Inside prisons, the gang has maintained large gambling and extortion operations, and also oversees the buying and selling of "punks," inmate jargon for sex slaves, the indictment states.]/quote]

[quote]Often older than other inmates and serving long sentences, those gangland convicts paid for Aryan Brotherhood muscle to keep them alive in some of the country's most dangerous maximum-security prisons.

The Federal Commission also presided over race wars that pitted the Aryan Brotherhood against African-American prison gangs such as the D.C. Blacks, wars that raged across the federal prison system in the early 1980s and again in the 1990s, government reports say.

A government informant made a suggestion in 1984, after Aryan Brotherhood members murdered prison guards at Marion and at another prison in Oxford, Wis., that may be connected to the presence today of so many top gang leaders at ADX.

"He feels that the murders of the correctional officers will spread like cancer lesions, and the way to stop these murders is to localize the members of the AB and put them all in a single prison," the FBI reported. "This will stop the spread of the cancer."