You know it’s bad when your local prison is rated worse that Tent City Jail, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s personal Hell for Inmates. But two prisons have indeed been rated worse: #1 of course is ADX in Florence. CO, the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” and #2 is the Polunsky Unit, Texas’s death row in Livingston. Authors of the study, James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, operate on a grant and unusual, reasonable access to prison units across the country. They know what they’re talking about, and it’s all grim. Thank you, Mother Jones, for running this series.