Florida is home to the largest Federal Prison in the US: Coleman. It is located in Sumterville, which is just south of Leesburg and the intersection of I-75 and the Florida Turnpike. That prison, as well as 120 other maximum security prisons nationwide, has been placed on a total security lockdown. Click here to visit the prison’s website and see for yourself.
What in the hell is going on? Here is what the Bureau of Prisons has to say:
For the majority of the past twelve months, the BOP has been operating under a modified operational model to promote social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We recognize that this pandemic has placed a heavy burden on inmates and their families in terms of limited movement and the public’s restrictions in being able to freely visit with loved ones. However, in light of current events occurring around the country, and out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to secure all institutions. This measure is being taken to maintain the security and orderly running of our institutions, as well as to ensure the continued safety of staff, inmates, and the public.
In securing the facilities, the hope is that this prudent measure is for a short period and that operations will be restored to their prior status as soon as practical. We will continue to monitor events carefully and will adjust operations accordingly as the situation continues to evolve. Recognizing that communication with families is important, although it will be limited, inmates will be provided with access to telephones and email.
There is no specific information that triggered this decision. This action is precautionary, and is not in response to any significant events occurring inside our facilities. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and assistance during this period and encourage the public to monitor this website for updated information on visiting schedules and institution operations.
What this has to do with the inauguration, I do not know. Another ominous sign among a long list of them.