Dylann Roof Is Headed To One Of The Most Inhumane Prisons In The Country

He'll be imprisoned at the facility throughout the years-long appeals process of his death sentence.

By Eric Shorey

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who openly fired on a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, is currently being held at a jail in Charleston County. Soon, Roof will be transferred to Terre Haute, a prison complex which houses a handful of different kinds of criminals.

According to Crime Feed, Terre Haute is made up of a few different parts: a maximum-security penitentiary, a medium-security federal correctional institute, and a low-security camp. It was chosen as Roof's new home due to its location in the center of the country. Two other inmates at that facility also await the death penalty: Chadrick Fulks and Brandon Basham, who killed a woman during a crime spree after escaping from prison.

The ACLU has accused USP Terre Haute of having “grossly inadequate” conditions, saying that those on death row were being held under inhumane conditions which included sleep deprivation due to noise, and a lack of access to health and mental health care. Inmates are barely able to speak to each other and have very limited access to phones, computers, and books.

“They are in a small cell by themselves. All their meals are pushed through a slot. There is no recreation, but they can go out of their cells three times a week into cages,” Sister Rita Clare Gerardot, who has been a spiritual adviser to death row inmates at Terre Haute, told The Tribune-Star. “Truthfully, I don’t know how they keep their sanity.”

A few more facts about Terre Haute: it is not-so-jokingly referred to as Guantanamo North because it holds a handful of terrorism-related offenders. It was the place where notorious mass-murderer Timothy McVeigh was put to death. Terre Haute's method of execution is lethal injection.

Roof will eventually be put to death by lethal injection as well, but it may take a while to get there considering the nationwide shortage on the specific poisons used for this procedure, and an upcoming years-long appeals process.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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