Inside Bomber Row

How America's most dangerous criminals mix with a Who's Who of the global jihad in a Colorado prison

Highway 50 runs straight as a pool cue from Pueblo, Colo., through 23 miles of rangeland and pi├▒on flats before offering an exit to the scruffy little city of Florence (pop. 3,795). Like Flint, Mich., or Orlando, Fla., Florence is a company town. The industry here is prisoners, and the company is the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Twenty years ago, the people of surrounding Fremont County ponied up $160,000 to buy some open land outside Florence, hoping to entice the bureau to build a prison complex as a way to boost the town's economy. Corrections had long been a mainstay in...

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