A prison that can hold El Chapo
Salvador García Soto
Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped twice from prison in Mexico, said Salvador García Soto. He won’t get the chance to stage a third breakout. The Sinaloa cartel leader was sentenced to life plus 30 years by a New York court last week and will end his days in a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo. That facility houses the worst of the worst, men like “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Guzmán, 62, won’t be able to trade stories with these criminals, though, because he will spend 23 hours a day isolated in his 6-foot-by-11-foot cell, which contains a toilet, bed, and desk. During his one hour out in the yard, he will be watched over by snipers—if he ever gets out, that is. That part of Colorado has extreme weather, with temperatures soaring into the 90s in summer and blizzards bringing feet of snow in winter. Guzmán will surely suffer: At his sentencing he whined about the “mental torture” of solitary confinement. But Mexicans still living through the drug war he helped start—a war that has claimed 150,000 lives since 2006—have little pity. Nothing can make up for the “pain and violence he inflicted” on this country.