Tsarnaev to get death or spend his life in 'supermax' prison likened to 'hell'

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If a federal jury decides to spare convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from execution, he'll get the next worst thing: Spend the rest of his life in 'hell.'

The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility - also known as ADX or "Supermax" - in Florence, Colorado, is where America sends its worst criminals. The former warden even described it as "a clean version of hell."

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FLORENCE, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 02 February, 1995, file photo shows Senior prison officer Mike Jordan standing in the recreation area of the super-maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado. Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui is now headed for the fortress-like super-prison, notoriously dubbed the 'Alcatraz of the Rockies, where a clutch of other terror convicts are also ending their days. The 37-year-old Frenchman would find himself banged up in solitary confinement in the facility that houses 399 other prisoners, including British 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid, blind Egyptian Muslim cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, jailed for conspiracy after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Ramzi Youssef, also implicated in the 1993 plot. 'Supermax', about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Denver, is tightly controlled, technologically advanced and designed to be impossible to escape. AFP PHOTO/BOB DAEMMRICH/FILES (Photo credit should read BOB DAEMMRICH/AFP/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 02 February, 1995, file photo shows guards walking along the fence at the super-maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado. Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui is now headed for the fortress-like super-prison, notoriously dubbed the 'Alcatraz of the Rockies, where a clutch of other terror convicts are also ending their days. The 37-year-old Frenchman would find himself banged up in solitary confinement in the facility that houses 399 other prisoners, including British 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid, blind Egyptian Muslim cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, jailed for conspiracy after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Ramzi Youssef, also implicated in the 1993 plot. 'Supermax', about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Denver, is tightly controlled, technologically advanced and designed to be impossible to escape. AFP PHOTO/BOB DAEMMRICH/FILES (Photo credit should read BOB DAEMMRICH/AFP/Getty Images)
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**EXCLUSIVE** American domestic terrorist, luddite, and mathematics teacher Ted Kaczynski smiles as he poses during an interview in a visiting room at the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, August 30, 1999. (Photo by Stephen J. Dubner/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 02 February, 1995, file photo shows guards walking along the fence at the super-maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado. Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui is now headed for the fortress-like super-prison, notoriously dubbed the 'Alcatraz of the Rockies, where a clutch of other terror convicts are also ending their days. The 37-year-old Frenchman would find himself banged up in solitary confinement in the facility that houses 399 other prisoners, including British 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid, blind Egyptian Muslim cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, jailed for conspiracy after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Ramzi Youssef, also implicated in the 1993 plot. 'Supermax', about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Denver, is tightly controlled, technologically advanced and designed to be impossible to escape. AFP PHOTO/BOB DAEMMRICH/FILES (Photo credit should read BOB DAEMMRICH/AFP/Getty Images)
The Florence Federal Prison Complex in Florence, Colorado, shown on November 20, 2009, is home to the area known as Supermax which houses high-security federal prisoners such as terrorists. (Photo by Chris Schneider/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
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The federal prison houses fewer than 500 inmates with serious rap sheets, including Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph and Terry Nichols -- who is serving 161 consecutive life sentences for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 . If the company sounds bad enough, what might be worse is that there is no company.

Inmates at the ADX spend approximately 23 hours of every day in solitary confinement with a 4-inch wide window that's blocked so they don't have any chance of a view. And if they're good, they may get the chance to exercise in a small outdoor cage. Alone.

A class-action lawsuit filed in 2012 claimed that the degree of solitary confinement at ADX was cruel and unusual punishment after numerous inmates committed suicide there.

An associate law professor in Denver told The Boston Globe, "There have been some reports that the conditions at Guantanamo are better than that the ADX."

Even a former inmate explained the experience is horrific. Garrett Linderman told CBS 60 Minutes, "It breaks down the human spirit, it breaks down the human psyche. It breaks your mind."

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: TV cameras line the entrance of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Boston Bomber Trial enters jury deliberations in the sentencing phase of the trail on May 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including William Fick (from left), Miriam Conrad, Judy Clarke and Timothy Watkins leave John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse after the beginning of jury deliberations in the sentencing phase of the Boston Bomber Trial on May 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Members of the public line up to enter John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Boston Bomber Trial is slated to start closing arguments on May 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: A protester holds up a sign outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Tsarnaev defense nears its end of presenting case in sentencing phase of the Boston Bomber Trial on May 11, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: Sister Helen Prejean is surrounded by media after testifying at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Tsarnaev defense nears its end of presenting case in sentencing phase of the Boston Bomber Trial on May 11, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 04: Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including Miriam Conrad, (from left), Judy Clarke and David Bruck arrive at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the sentencing phase in the Boston Bomber Trial continues on May 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries and his relatives are expected to take the stand to testify. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including (L-R) David Bruck, Timothy G. Watkins and Judy Clarke leave John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the sentencing phase In Boston Bomber Trial continues on April 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including William Fick (L) and Timothy G. Watkins walk away from John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the first day of the sentencing phase of the Boston Marathon Bomber Trial on April 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which related in three deaths and over 250 injuries.(Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Media and police vechicles are reflected in the entranceway of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the first day of the sentencing phase of the Boston Marathon Bomber Trial on April 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 8: The jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty at the Boston Marathon bombing trial at Moakley Federal Court. Bombing survivor Karen Brassard pauses as she answers a question outside the courthouse after the verdict. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Dana Cohen, (from left), Carlos Arredondo, Karen Brassard, Liz Norden, Laurie Scher and Massport Fire Lt. Michael Ward at a press conference outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 9: An artist's sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hangs on the wall outside the Moakley courthouse for videographers to record during the Marathon bombing trial. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 11: Members of the media film evidence from the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Boston Marathon bombing trial on display at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on March 11, 2015 . (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 4: Opening statements in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber took place at Moakley Federal Courthouse. A construction crew lowers a form to pour concrete in with the words 'Boston Strong' spray painted on it at a construction site directly across from the courthouse. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 5: Boston Marathon bombing victim, Rebekah Gregory, right, arrived at Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, where the second day in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got underway on March 5, 2015. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 4: Joe Kebartas of South Boston protests the death penalty outside of the entrance to the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial on March 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in an attack on the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon along with his brother Tamerlan, who was later killed during a shootout with police. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 4: Jose Briceno, of Cambridge, Mass., protests outside Moakley Federal Courthouse, where opening statements began in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on March 4, 2015. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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