That’s right people: Not only has America finally brought down El Chapo, but we’re housing him in what’s described as being equivalent to hell. America, f*ck yeah.
Joaquin Guzman, infamously known as El Chapo, is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The downtown Manhattan jail housing notorious Mexican drug lord has been described by an inmate as having worse conditions than Guantanamo Bay, according to a declassified report.
Via New York Daily News:
Escaping the rust-colored MCC, however, will prove hard for Guzman, who’s most likely being held in the jail’s infamous 10 South wing — a high-security section housing the most dangerous inmates in complete solitary confinement.
Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian native serving a life sentence for his role in bombing two American embassies in East Africa in 1998, told a psychiatrist that he found the Guantanamo Bay detention camp “more pleasant” and “more relaxed” than the MCC, according to a forensic evaluation report obtained by the Daily News.
Guzman is being arraigned on a laundry list of murder and drug trafficking charges in Brooklyn Federal court on this Friday afternoon.
The Sinaloa cartel kingpin and druglord arrived on United States soil after being extradited from Mexico, where he had successfully escaped not one, but two high-security prisons.
“While (at Guantanamo), he was able to recreate with others, to access DVD’s and in general felt that the atmosphere provided more freedom to detainees,” Virginia University psychiatry professor Gregory Saathoff wrote in the report, which was based on several long conversations with Ghailani in 2010.
While at the MCC, however, Ghailani complained that he was never allowed to interact with other inmates, with the only human interaction being frequent strip searches performed by guards.
Ghailani, who spent over two years at the MCC, said he found the civil legal process in the U.S. “more fair” than the military justice system of Guantanamo Bay. The MCC, which opened in 1975, is located between the Church of St. Andrew and the Manhattan Federal courthouse. This isn’t the first time the MCC has housed notorious criminals, as Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who led the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Bernard Madoff, who pulled off the largest financial fraud in U.S. history, were both kept at the MCC before.
David Patton, one of Guzman’s legal representatives, told the New York Times that the MCC’s solitary confinement units are “horrifying and inhumane.”
If you wanted to intentionally design a place to drive people mad, you’d be hard pressed to do better,” Patton, the executive director of Federal Defenders of New York, told the newspaper. “The fluorescent lights are always on…The only sound is the occasional clanking of metal when doors are opened and closed.”
It’s safe to say that despite his prison-escape prowess, El Chapo won’t be busting out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center anytime soon.