While Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán rots in a hellish supermax prison in Colorado, his glamorous wife Emma Aispuro Coronel is vacationing in Italy.
Coronel shared a picture to Instagram on Saturday taken on a gondola near the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
She also posted a snap of her Starbucks coffee and a piece of cake on her Instagram account last week with the caption: ‘What diet?’
Her cultural trip comes less than two weeks after a federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced her husband El Chapo, 62, to life in prison, plus 30 years.
He was transferred two days later to ADX, a supermax prison in Colorado, which a former warden has described as ‘worse then death.’
Emma Aispuro Coronel shared a picture to Instagram on Saturday taken on a gondola near the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Emma Coronel Aispuro also shared a snap of her Starbucks coffee and a piece of cake on her Instagram account last week before jetting off to vacation in Italy. She captioned it: ‘What diet?’
Emma Aispuro Coronel (center) is barred from visiting her husband, El Chapo, at the super-max prison in Florence, Colorado
Between 2002 and 2005, Robert Hood served as the warden of the facility, where no prisoner has ever escaped from in its 25 years of existence.
‘This is not built for humanity,’ Hood told the Denver Post on Saturday.
‘I think that being there, day-by-day, it’s worse than death.’
The Mexican drug kingpin was whisked off to the Florence, Colorado, prison less than 48 hours after he was sentenced to life and to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture – a sum based on an estimate of revenues off sales in the United States during his helm as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Known as ADX, it’s the only federal super-maximum detention facility in the U.S.
The prison is home to America’s most notorious criminals, including ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef.
A former warden at the prison where El Chapo (pictured in 2015) is staying has described it as ‘worse then death.’
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is pictured being transferred to ADX, a Supermax prison in Colorado, on July 19
More than 400 prisoners are incarcerated at ADX where they spend 23 hours per day confined to a 7-by-12-foot concrete cell.
Their only view at the outside world – if any – is through a four-inch wide window glass.
The vast majority of prisoners at ADX are allowed out of their cells for only a few hours a week for exercise, occasional visits to a ‘law library’ cell, social or legal visits, and medical consultations.
When removed from their cells, inmates are placed in full restraints and escorted by two guards.
They eat all meals inside tiny cells just feet from open toilets.
An expert at escaping from Mexican prisons – he twice did do before he was recaptured in 2016 and later extradited to the U.S. – El Chapo’s new home is constantly being watched by guards atop towers.
In the past week, Coronel has also shared pictures of the El Chapo clothing line, which she heads up
ADX has come under fire by civil rights activists who say it is inhumane to subject inmates to such long-term isolation
El Chapo Guzmán will spend the remainder of his life at ADX in Florence (pictured), a fortress that’s home to some of America’s most notorious criminals. Its former warden described it as ‘worse than death
‘To me there is no doubt he will try to escape,’ Hood said. ‘As far as his job is, it’s to get out. I think he’ll test the system.’
The jail came under fire in 2012 when 11 inmates filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The lawsuit accused the federal detention facility of chronic abuse and failure to properly diagnose prisoners who are seriously mentally ill.
Former inmate Jack Powers, who was one of the inmates mentioned in the lawsuit, spent almost a decade at the super-max prison after he was transferred there following an escape from a federal facility in New Jersey.
During his time at ADX, according to The Marshall Project, Powers developed insomnia and was diagnosed with PTSD after he saw three inmates kill each other.
Powers, who has since been moved to a federal facility in Atlanta, bit off both pinky fingers and sliced off his earlobes. He also cut off a testicle and his scrotum.
Mexican marines captured ‘El Chapo’ on January 8, 2016, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was extradited to the U.S. a year later
El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro (center right) is not allowed to visit the drug kingpin in jail but the couple’s seven-year-old twin daughters can
The class-action lawsuit is still pending but it has at least led to some changes on how mental illness was dealt with from within.
El Chapo is slated to be held in ADX’s most isolated section, Range 13, which Hood said ‘it’s not a place designed for humanity,’ according to the New York Post.
‘It’s one click away from the death penalty. All of a sudden, one day you’re put in a box and not cared about — that’s the punishment.’
El Chapo, who founded the Sinaloa Cartel, will be barred from visits by his beauty queen wife. Only his seven-year-old twin daughters can visit him.
Such conditions at the penitentiary have been denounced by Amnesty International and led his defense team to file a motion for an appeal.
While recognizing the pain inflicted by El Chapo’s criminal enterprise in his home country, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized the federal government’s decision of locking El Chapo away at ADX in isolation.