Definition of supermax in English:

supermax

adjective

  • Denoting or relating to an extremely high-security prison or part of a prison, intended for particularly dangerous prisoners.

    • ‘The Obama administration has promised to put a second security fence around the already super max facility.’
    • ‘Garner is one of twenty thousand prisoners held in supermax prisons in 22 states, the District of Columbia and at a federal supermax in Colorado.’
    • ‘Many of them are over at the supermax facility in Florence, Colorado.’
    • ‘He is on his way now to a super max facility, a federal prison, in Florence, Colorado - Kyra.’
    • ‘He noted, however, that there was no supermax facility in his district.’
    • ‘We have currently and we've been housing many terrorists at supermax facilities here in the United States, people like Richard Reid, the suspected the shoe bomber, among others.’
    • ‘He's now doing life at the supermax federal pen out in Colorado.’
    • ‘He could face detention in a notorious US "supermax" jail.’
    • ‘Joshua Dratel, his lawyer, said the rejection was an example of the harsh conditions imposed on inmates at the supermax prison.’
    • ‘Hamza had argued that he would be separated from his family and suffer in a high-security supermax prison in Colorado if he were jailed for terrorism offences.’
    • ‘On Thursday, Brinkema gave him six life sentences, to run as two consecutive life terms, in the federal supermax prison at Florence, Colo.’
    • ‘Many "supermax" prisons subject inmates to prolonged isolation in tiny cells, which frequently fosters mental illness.’
    • ‘There are thousands of dangerous prisoners being held securely behind bars in supermax prisons across the United States.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Ohio's supermax prison in Youngstown.’
    • ‘The average cost to maintain a prisoner in a supermax prison is double that of maintaining a prisoner in a regular state prison.’
    • ‘Kaczynski is serving a life sentence without the possibility of patrol at a supermax prison in Colorado.’
    • ‘In 2000, the Justice Department brought federal charges against prison guards for shooting inmates at Pelican Bay, California's supermax prison.’
    • ‘Most inmates earn their supermax sentence by how they behave in other parts of the prison system.’
    • ‘Corrections departments spent a large portion of their expanded budgets on "supermax" prisons, high-security fortresses designed to house the most violent inmates.’
    • ‘Forty-one states have supermax units that resemble Pelican Bay.’

noun

  • A supermax prison.

    • ‘Like so many other claims that Bush has made about the glowing future of Iraq, the horror of America's supermaxes mocks that claim as well.’
    • ‘Most inmates earn their supermax sentence by how they behave in other parts of the prison system.’
    • ‘He could face detention in a notorious US "supermax" jail.’
    • ‘But I think, you know, in the case of a supermax, it's different.’
    • ‘Many "supermax" prisons subject inmates to prolonged isolation in tiny cells, which frequently fosters mental illness.’
    • ‘They find the emergence of "supermax" prisons and harsh "zero tolerance" polices for nonviolent drug offenders profoundly troubling.’
    • ‘Human rights groups denounce supermaxes for dehumanizing inmates, leaving them warped and unable to return to normal society.’
    • ‘I shouldn't even be in super max.’
    • ‘The average cost to maintain a prisoner in a supermax prison is double that of maintaining a prisoner in a regular state prison.’
    • ‘That hardly applies to the prisoners held in America's supermaxes.’
    • ‘Joshua Dratel, his lawyer, said the rejection was an example of the harsh conditions imposed on inmates at the supermax prison.’
    • ‘Generations later, more than 5,000 inmates in state and federal lockups, from minimum security to the so-called supermax, ring the town like a bracelet.’
    • ‘Today, as a result of a settlement, inmates with the most serious mental illnesses are banned from the supermax and are cared for at Garner.’
    • ‘The system of punishment in supermax units resembles nothing so much as the system of punishment pioneered at Eastern State.’
    • ‘The Obama administration has promised to put a second security fence around the already super max facility.’
    • ‘In a supermax prison, when you get unruly, and need a "time out," you go to a holding cell.’
    • ‘These prisons, popularly known as a supermaxes, have been the target of prisoner lawsuits in Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, and Illinois.’
    • ‘But the whole idea that they could effectively organize while a prisoner at a supermax is a little hard to understand.’
    • ‘Kaczynski is serving a life sentence without the possibility of patrol at a supermax prison in Colorado.’
    • ‘Many of the prisoners in America's supermaxes also can be held indefinitely as the Iraqi prisoners were.’

Origin

1970s: shortened from super-maximum, i.e. greater than the expected or conventional maximum.

Pronunciation:

supermax

/ˈsuːpəmaks/